Promoting Appropriate Antibiotic UseImproper use of antibiotics can cause drug-resistant bacteria, and could even lead to death. Every year, 2 million people in the United States acquire antibiotic resistant infections. To help fight this pressing public health problem, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) has formed key partnerships to promote appropriate antibiotic use. PHF’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program grew out of collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to develop a framework of key drivers for reducing inappropriate antibiotic utilization in hospitals. Since 2001, PHF has also partnered with the CDC to promote appropirate antibiotic use to educate public health, healthcare, and communities on the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and prescription. The resources below may assist in your prevention efforts.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), staph bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics, may cause skin and other infections in the community. In healthcare facilities, MRSA causes life-threatening skin infections but with the proper knowledge MRSA can be prevented. The following materials, developed by the CDC, assist professionals with MRSA identification and prevention.
Adherence to proper hand hygiene is proven to reduce infection. Use the listed materials to promote “clean hands” in your facility.
An Ounce of Prevention
The following materials encourage healthcare professionals and patients to get “back to prevention basics” with 7 helpful techniques to prevent illness, including cleaning surfaces and immunizations.