A panel of experts in antibiotic stewardship has identified steps that hospitals can take to improve their antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs), highlighted by two emerging strategies that go beyond current guidelines.

The two strategies—handshake stewardship and diagnostic stewardship—were identified by participants in a May 2018 meeting convened by the Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits US hospitals, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Hospital Association, the National Quality Forum, and other stakeholders also took part in the meeting.

Participants also recommended measures for assessing whether a hospital’s stewardship activities are effectively ensuring that antibiotics are being used appropriately.

The conclusions from the meeting were reported in a paper yesterday in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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May 21 Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf paper