IHI, CDC Partner for Pilot Program Designed to Reduce Antibiotic Use

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and CDC have launched a pilot program designed to avoid overuse and misuse of antibiotics in hospitals.

Overuse and misuse contribute both to antibiotic resistance, leading to antibiotic-resistance infections. It is estimated that at least 50 percent of antibiotic use in U.S. hospitals is inappropriate. One of the challenges to improving antibiotic use in hospitals is the lack of well-organized and implemented blueprints for how to achieve appropriate administration.


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The IHI/CDC's Driver Diagram and Change Package was designed to meet this need by using an established method for improving care in hospitals. The Driver Diagram and Change Package outlines a number of practical steps and changes that hospitals can implement for antibiotic stewardship. Eight hospitals in eight states were selected to serve as the testing sites for this package.

Related Articles on Antibiotic Stewardship:

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California Department of Health Official Encourage Hospitals to Adopt Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

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