Patient Safety Tool: AHRQ Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has made available a toolkit to help healthcare organizations develop and implement antimicrobial stewardship programs to reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections.


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The toolkit was crafted by researchers and leaders at Boston University School of Public Health, Montefiore Medical Center, the Greater New York Hospital Association, AHRQ and CDC.

The toolkit includes a list of questions to consider before implementing an antimicrobial stewardship program, including:

•    Is our organization ready for an antimicrobial stewardship program to reduce C. difficile?
•    Do we have the appropriate foundation on which to build?
•    What do we need to do before we begin the antimicrobial stewardship program?
•    How do we determine which interventions for reducing C. difficile?

Access the AHRQ toolkit for antimicrobial stewardship program development.

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