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Shorter. Safer. Better.

Shorter. Safer. Better. Will you pledge to use the shortest effective antimicrobial durations?Stewardship requires acting on the commitment to use antimicrobials only when needed, and when needed, using the right drug, at the right dose, for the right duration.

One important way for nurses, pharmacists, and prescribers to practice stewardship is by knowing, using, and promoting the shortest effective antimicrobial durations. Learn more.

CASP News

January 3, 2022

Rapid Diagnostic Tests to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship for Pediatric Acute Respiratory Illnesses in Uganda

Globally, respiratory illness is one of the most common reasons that children seek care. It is often treated inappropriately with antibiotics, which can drive the development of antibiotic resistance. In resource-rich settings, testing for specific pathogens or measurement of clinical biomarkers, such as procalcitonin and C-reactive protein, is often employed to help determine which children …

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December 20, 2021

Early De-escalation of Empiric Antimicrobial Therapy in Acute Leukemia Patients with Febrile Neutropenia

CASP’s Bill Wilson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases & Antimicrobial Stewardship in the UNC Children’s Hospital, was among the authors on a new article published today in Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice. Recent trials have shown early de-escalation of empiric antimicrobial therapy (EAT) in febrile neutropenia has led to less adverse effects with no …

Handle antimicrobials with care

November 17, 2021

Shortest Effective Durations of Antimicrobial Therapy focus of CASP’s observance of World Antimicrobials Awareness Week

More than half of all patients receive at least one antimicrobial agent during their hospital stay. At the Medical Center as with other facilities, patients sometimes receive treatment that is longer than needed for common infections. Reducing unnecessary antimicrobial exposure is essential to preserving the efficacy of these drugs for the future. Carolina Antimicrobial Stewardship …

The Carolina Antimicrobial Stewardship Program works to optimize antimicrobial use.

The Carolina Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (CASP) is charged with optimizing the use of antimicrobials at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Antimicrobial stewardship programs are intended to both lead to improvements in patient care and slow antimicrobial resistance. Read more about CASP’s strategies.

CASP by the numbers 2020-21 784 patients reached, 26 journal articles and research posters, 10 new or revised antimicrobial use guidelines, 7 new team members, 12 stewardship strategies implemented, 30 educational and training sessions delivered

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