Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: Current Perspectives.

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Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: Current Perspectives.

Pediatric Health Med Ther. 2020;11:245-255

Authors: Klatte JM

Abstract
With the rapid growth of the field of pediatric antimicrobial stewardship, there has been a marked increase in the establishment of programs dedicated to this specialty. Shared objectives of all pediatric antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) include optimization of antibiotic use and improvement in clinical outcomes for children, while certain core operational strategies and metrics used to measure program effectiveness are typically utilized by pediatric ASPs. Antimicrobial stewardship is the responsibility of every individual who prescribes, dispenses, and administers antibiotics to children, and pediatric ASP principles are rooted in collaboration and cooperation. Pediatric ASPs are uniquely suited to meet the needs of the local populations they serve and the environments within which they practice while also fostering an awareness of the interconnected global nature of pediatric stewardship. As such, pediatric ASPs are well positioned to confront the evolving challenges of antimicrobial overuse and resistance.

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