Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 die as a result. Antibiotics save lives but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. At least 80 million antibiotic prescriptions each year are unnecessary, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority.
Antibiotics do not work on an illness caused by a virus. Providers can use this 4.5 "x5.5 " prescription pad from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Be Antibiotics Aware Campaign when treating patients with viral symptoms. The pad includes the following steps for viral illness symptom relief:
2. General Instructions
3. Specific Medicines
4. Follow Up
This prescription pad comes in 50 sheets per pad and 10 packs per package.
Visit the CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware website for more information about this national effort. Make decisions with data sources such as CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas, with interactive data about HAIs, customizable maps and tables to show resistance patterns, and data on three key types of infections and 31 bug-drug profiles.
Additional Antibiotic Stewardship Resources from Public Health Foundation (PHF)
· Use PHF’s Public Health Antibiotic Stewardship Driver Diagram to promote optimal antibiotic use within the public health and systems.
· Read How South Dakota Reduced CRE through a Multi-Disciplinary Approach, a blog on PHF Pulse.
· Hear about antibiotic stewardship successes in Illinois and Nebraska on a PHF webinar, Building Cross-Sector Collaborations to Promote Effective Antibiotic Use in Inpatient, Outpatient, and Long-Term Care Settings.
· TRAIN Learning Network offers courses on antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance and stewardship.
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