Our Antimicrobial Stewardship Commitment
According to the
Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents,
have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious
diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and
death from infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been used so
widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are
designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.”
CDC data confirms; each year in the United States, at least 2 million people
become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at
least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.
Therefore Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital made a
Antimicrobial Stewardship Commitment. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (MDMH) is committed to an antimicrobial
stewardship program in all clinical settings in order to optimize the
treatment of infectious diseases and minimize the adverse consequences
of antimicrobial use. By the end of 2018, MDMH will have antimicrobial
stewardship progress in all care settings, and will have fully implemented
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Elements of
Antibiotic Stewardship. These core elements of antimicrobial stewardship
include leadership commitment, accountability, drug expertise, action,
tracking, reporting and education.
Click Here to learn more about our commitment to you.
Patient Education Information:
Antibiotics aren’t always the answer.
You have been prescribed an antibiotic. Now what?