Fighting Antibiotic Stewardship One Learning Module at a Time

In recent years, antibiotic use has skyrocketed, causing bacteria to become resistant and making it harder for health care providers to treat infections. The overuse of antibiotics is also contributing to poor health outcomes and increasing costs for the U.S. health care system. Health Quality Innovators (HQI) is leading the way to better antibiotic use among Virginia health care providers by collaborating with the Virginia Healthcare-Associated Infection Advisory Group led by HQI, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association to develop on-demand, antibiotic stewardship learning modules for nurses, physicians and pharmacists.

Antibiotic stewardship is the effort of health care providers across all care settings to:

  1. Slow and prevent the development of antibiotic resistance
  2. Improve prescribing so antibiotics are only prescribed when needed
  3. Minimize misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis leading to the underuse of antibiotics when they’re needed
  4. Ensure the right drug, dose and length of treatment are chosen when an antibiotic is needed
  5. Measure and track antibiotic prescribing

Each module highlights the benefits of having an antibiotic stewardship program, reviews guidelines for implementing a stewardship program and offers strategies specific to nurses, physicians and pharmacists. Upon completion of each module, health care providers can earn continuing education credits at no cost.

The discovery of antibiotics has cured deadly infections and has saved millions of lives, but also has resulted in decreasing effectiveness and resistance. If we don’t do anything different, 10 million people per year will die from antibiotic resistant infections by 2050. To learn more about antibiotic stewardship, view our on-demand learning modules.

Learn more about the challenge of antibiotic resistance, in our video, “Antibiotics in Our Time: A Global Challenge.”

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