Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship – AHRQ – September 2012

Posted on November 9, 2012. Filed under: Infection Control, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship – AHRQ – September 2012

AHRQ = Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Evaluation and Research on Antimicrobial Stewardship’s Effect on Clostridium difficile (ERASE C. difficile) Project

“Clostridium difficile infection (C. difficile) is a serious public health problem that has recently increased in both incidence and severity. Taking steps to reduce C. difficile is a major health and public health imperative. Antimicrobial stewardship targeted to C. difficile reduction shows promise, because increased rates of C. difficile are associated with inappropriate antibiotic use. An antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) is a systematic approach to developing coordinated interventions to reduce overuse and inappropriate selection of antibiotics, and to achieve optimal outcomes for patients in cost-efficient ways. This toolkit assists hospital staff and leadership in developing an effective ASP with the potential to reduce C. difficile.”

Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship. (Prepared by the Boston University School of Public Health, under AHRQ ACTION Contract No. HHSA290200600012i TO10.) AHRQ Publication No. 12-0082-EF, September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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