Stewardship Educational Resources
- The National Quality Forum‘s Antimicrobial Stewardship Playbook (2016) provides real-world ideas for application of the CDC’s Core Elements (see below)
- Tools and resources for implementing antimicrobial stewardship from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
- Resources on antimicrobial stewardship and resistance from the Infectious Diseases Society of America
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research are two of several agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged with leading national efforts on antimicrobial use and resistance. Their websites provide a wealth of resources and information, including:
- COVID-19: US Impact on Antimicrobial Resistance – A June 2022 report on the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative effect on antibiotic resistance
- Core Elements for Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (2019) define structural and procedural components that are associated with successful stewardship programs. The site also includes resources tailored for small & critical access facilities , outpatient settings, nursing homes, and resource-limited facilities
- Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019 includes the latest national death and infection estimates that underscore the continued threat of antibiotic resistance in the U.S.
- CDC’s Antibiotic Stewardship Training Series (free with account creation; C.E. available) is a nine-module, interactive, web-based training designed to help clinicians optimize antibiotic use to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use aims to support clinicians apply the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) method to improve antibiotic stewardship by selecting the optimal antibiotic regimens, routes of administration, and durations
- The AHRQ developed an Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkit for acute care hospitals (2019), with additional toolkits in development for long-term care and ambulatory care practices (expected in 2021).
- Antibiotic Resistance & Patient Safety Portal (formerly the Patient Safety Portal) allows users to explore and visual data on antibiotic resistance and healthcare-associated infections
- CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) publishes reports from its data on topics such as antimicrobial use and resistance, including antimicrobial-resistance pathogens associated with healthcare-associated infections