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Quick Facts - Antimicrobial Stewardship

Quick Facts - Antimicrobial Stewardship
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Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing problem. In the United States, an estimated 35,000 deaths can be attributed to antibiotic resistance annually. Worldwide, the total number of deaths resulting from drug-resistant infections is expected to surpass 10 million by 2050.

Antimicrobial stewardship has emerged as an effective, evidence-based strategy to counter the rise of drug-resistant infections. The goals of an antimicrobial stewardship plan in wound care are primary prevention of infection, the use of antimicrobial wound cleansers and dressings, and the careful use of systemic antibiotics in patients with clinical infections.

This fact sheet provides background data on antimicrobial resistance and practical guidance on antimicrobial stewardship. Wound care professionals seeking to implement an antimicrobial stewardship plan in their facility will find this information helpful. The fact sheet covers the following topics:

Epidemiology of antibiotic resistance
History of antibiotic development
Goals of antimicrobial stewardship
Ongoing staff education in antimicrobial stewardship
Antimicrobial dressings
Wound cleansing and other strategies to prevent infection

Download Quick Facts – Antimicrobial Stewardship to share with colleagues in your facility. The print-friendly format lends itself to posting on the bulletin board or handing out to your nursing staff at in-service.

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