What is Antimicrobial Stewardship?
Antimicrobial Stewardship refers to coordinated strategies designed to promote appropriate use of antimicrobials with the goal of enhancing health outcomes, reducing resistance to antimicrobials, and decreasing unnecessary costs. Antimicrobial Stewardship programs help ensure patients receive the right antibiotic, at the right dose, at the right time, and for the right duration.
U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week November 18th-24th, 2023
Get ready for U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week! More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur each year in the United States. Antibiotic resistant germs can spread quickly and are difficult to treat. It is important to know when antibiotics are needed to treat an infection and, if prescribed, that the antibiotic is taken correctly. Visit the CDC webpage to learn more about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. Additional resources for Antibiotic Awareness Week can also be found on the CDC's Webpage.
Antibiotic Awareness Week Webinar Series
The Indiana Department of Health's Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Team is hosting a free webinar series prior to U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week. Each webinar is scheduled to occur from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Topics are listed out below.
Schedule of events
November 13th, 2023: Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship in both Long Term and Acute Care Settings
November 15th, 2023: Antibiogram overview, Reading Understanding and Using Antimicrobial Susceptibility Results, Data dashboards, Indiana AWARE
November 17th, 2023: Health Equity and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales, Candida auris
Note: Topics are subject to change up until the date of the listed event.
Please use the QR code below or the following link to register for the webinar series. Registration for the Microsoft Teams virtual event will be open until November 13th.
General Antimicrobial Stewardship Resources
Redefining the Antibiotic Stewardship Team: Recommendations from the American Nurses Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Workgroup on the Role of Registered Nurses in Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Practices
Page last reviewed and updated: November 2022