Develop a Culture of Safety Around Antibiotic Prescribing
For information on how the materials below can be integrated into institutional efforts to improve antibiotic use, please read the Toolkit Implementation Guide for Acute Care Antibiotic Stewardship Programs (PDF, 328 KB).
Improving antibiotic use should be viewed as a patient safety issue. Clinicians involved in antibiotic prescribing and administration should be encouraged to understand both the benefits and risks of antibiotic use and be engaged in reducing harm associated with antibiotic use. Reducing harm often requires a change in thinking and behavior.
The presentations below are designed to help effect change in behaviors around antibiotic prescribing. They discuss how to present antibiotic use as a patient safety issue, how to improve communication and teamwork around prescribing, how to identify and address problems around antibiotic prescribing, and how to motivate appropriate prescribing.
Making the Case That Improving Antibiotic Use Is a Patient Safety Issue
Improving Communication and Teamwork Around Antibiotic Decision Making
Identifying Targets for Improvement in Antibiotic Decision Making
Making Effective Changes in Antibiotic Decision Making
Making Effective Behavior Changes Around Antibiotic Prescribing
The tools below are designed to be used to assist the Antibiotic Safety Program and frontline providers in creating a safety culture that values appropriate antibiotic prescribing and takes action when harm related to antibiotics is detected.