From IHI: Antibiotic stewardship bundle for the C-Suite
Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Drug resistance has become a critical patient safety issue, accordingly. Antimicrobial Stewardship programs (ASP) have been implemented in hospitals nationwide to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in order to reduce the rate of developing resistant organisms. These programs are reporting success in reducing resistance, in addition to the incidence of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms and the associated healthcare costs. The appropriate use of antibiotics further serves to reduce the incidence of Clostridium difficile infections caused in part by the disruption of helpful intestinal bacteria by administration of antibiotics. In general, a successful ASP supports improved patient outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, and improved patient satisfaction, all of which are goals that align perfectly with hospital executives in the C-suite. Strong support from a member of the C-suite, acting as a champion, is often the most important factor in securing the success of any patient safety program, including Antibiotic Stewardship.
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