The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance to help optimize antibiotic use in US hospitals.

The CDC says the new version of its Core Elements of Hospital Stewardship Programs, released late last week, reflects lessons learned by hospitals in the 5 years since the document was first published, along with evidence from the field of antibiotic stewardship. The 2019 update emphasizes the need for more commitment from hospital leadership, prioritizes specific antibiotic stewardship interventions, and calls for more efforts to educate patients about antibiotic use.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in antibiotic stewardship programs in US hospitals,” Arjun Srinivasan, MD, the CDC’s associate director for healthcare-associated infection prevention programs, said in a CDC video. “The goal now is to make them as effective as possible.”

More specifics on leadership, accountability

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Nov 15 CDC 2019 Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship

Nov 15 CDC hospital stewardship page