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Resources from the Joint IDSA-SHEA-PIDS Task Force on Antimicrobial Stewardship

In summer 2016, the Joint IDSA-SHEA-PIDS Taskforce on Antimicrobial Stewardship fielded a survey designed to benchmark existing antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). The joint task force wrote a manuscript that discusses the survey findings in greater detail; this manuscript was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases in March 2018. Future work for the joint task force will include further developing the benchmarking survey to collect more granular data in order to evolve the evaluation criteria and track the progression of ASPs annually.

Other Resources

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Policy & Procedure Template

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Policy and Procedure template provides language for an ASP's policy, purpose, procedure, personnel composition, ASP interventions, surveillance, and a list of suggested restricted antimicrobials. The ASP Policy and Procedure template may be revised and tailored to meet the needs of the healthcare facility of interest.

National Quality Forum: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Antimicrobial Use Measure (NQF #2720) (PDF)

This measure assesses antimicrobial use in hospitals based on medication administration data that hospitals collect electronically at the point of care and report electronically to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the surveillance system used by the CDC for the monitoring of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use and resistance. This provides summary results that hospital and health system antimicrobial stewardship programs can use to quantitatively evaluate and improve antibiotic prescribing.

Telestewardship

This video about IDSA's tele-antimicrobial stewardship (T-AS) resources provides an overview of telemedicine as it applies to antimicrobial stewardship activities. Included in the video are a brief demonstration of a T-AS session; an overview of credentialing; technology requirements for telemedicine; and testimonials from health care professionals who employ telemedicine and T-AS and why they like these platforms.

 

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