(PRWEB) March 10, 2014
Antibiotics can be lifesaving, but poor prescribing practices put hospital patients at risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. These practices also drive antibiotic resistance, further endangering the future of these miracle drugs and the patients who need them. For some hospital patients, it is already too late. We must change prescribing practices now.
According to a new CDC Vital Signs report:
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared his thoughts on this vital health issue, "Improving antibiotic prescribing can save today’s patients from deadly superbugs and protect lifesaving antibiotics for tomorrow’s patients. Health care facilities are an important part of the solution to drug resistance and every hospital in the country should have a strong antibiotic stewardship program.”
To help hospitals develop antibiotic prescribing improvement programs (also called “antibiotic stewardship” programs), CDC has developed a self-assessment checklist and an in-depth implementation tool.
Learn more about the importance of improving antibiotic prescribing practices and CDC’s helpful resources. Visit CDC Vital Signs: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/antibiotic-prescribing-practices/