Making the Case for Antibiotic Stewardship Examining your role in reducing antibiotic resistance and exposure

Antibiotic resistance is not a new phenomenon.

It’s also not some decades-long, unsolved medical mystery. But it is deadly. In fact, each year in the United States more than 2.8 million people acquire serious infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.1 What’s more, at least 35,000 people die because of antibiotic-resistant infections.2 The truth is, antibiotic overuse and resistance is a pervasive problem.

We know something must change—and we’re not alone.

Perhaps you’ve already looked for ways to combat antibiotic resistance. You’re in good company: Healthcare leaders around the world are tackling the issue head-on with actionable steps, including antibiotic stewardship programs like the Core Elements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Such programs are designed to improve antibiotic prescribing and patient outcomes.

In addition to having an antibiotic stewardship program, healthcare leaders are encouraging the more optimized use of procalcitonin. 

Procalcitonin (PCT) is a sensitive, specific, STAT biomarker that may already be part of your hospital’s existing system. The difference is in how and when you are using it, and if you can confidently interpret results to truly effect change across your organization.

 

Each year in the United States, at least 35,000 people die because of antibiotic-resistant infections.2

 







Change isn’t easy, but it is necessary.

Pairing an antibiotic stewardship program with appropriate antibiotic prescribing and optimized PCT testing benefits not only current patients, but also the public at large and the bottom line. This is a call to action—you have a role to play, and the time to act is now.

Pharmacist prescribing antibiotics for patient with bacterial infection.

 

 

This is a call to action—you have a role to play, and the time to act is now.

 

 

Learn more about implementing optimized procalcitonin testing in your hospital.

References
  1. Fleming-Dutra KE, Hersh AL, Shapiro DJ, Bartoces M, Enns EA, File TM, et al. Prevalence of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions among US ambulatory care visits, 2010-2011. JAMA. 2016 May 3;315(17):1864-73.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2019 [Internet]. Atlanta (GA). 2019 Dec. [cited 2020Dec11]. Available here.