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Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Guidelines for Developing an Institutional Program to Enhance Antimicrobial Stewardship

retired
Published: Clinical Infectious Diseases ; 2007 ; 44 : 159 -177

Abstract

This document presents guidelines for developing institutional programs to enhance antimicrobial stewardship, an activity that includes appropriate selection, dosing, route, and duration of antimicrobial therapy. The primary goal of antimicrobial stewardship is to optimize clinical outcomes while minimizing unintended consequences of antimicrobial use, including toxicity, the selection of pathogenic organisms (such as Clostridium difficile), and the emergence of resistance. Thus, the appropriate use of antimicrobials is an essential part of patient safety and deserves careful oversight and guidance. 

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*Information contained in the following guideline is outdated or superseded by another publication and should be used for historical purposes only. For recommendations on Implementing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, please see the new guidelines.

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