Originally published by Robert Kraft.
Modern Healthcare reports an analysis published last week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found only 39 percent of 4,100 US acute care hospitals studied “had an antibiotics stewardship program that met all seven of the core elements recommended by the” CDC. The CDC says “hospitals should dedicate appropriate resources, appoint a single leader to run a program, and appoint a pharmacy leader who can focus on improving antibiotic use,” among other recommendations. On Wednesday, the National Quality Forum released a “Practical Playbook” that used the study’s results to provide guidance to hospitals on creating or improving their antibiotics stewardship program.
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