Develop and Improve Your Stewardship Program
For information on how the materials below can be integrated into institutional efforts to improve antibiotic use, read the Implementation Guide for Long-Term Care Antibiotic Stewardship Programs (PDF, 401.5 KB).
These six presentations can help you develop a program from scratch or improve the effectiveness of your existing program. Slides and facilitator guides are available for all of the presentations listed below. Three presentations about appropriate collection of microbiological samples, discussing infectious concerns about residents with health care practitioners, and discussing infectious concerns about residents with family members and caregivers are also offered as narrated presentations that you can view and listen to. All of these presentations are pertinent to both health care practitioners and nursing staff.
The tools below are designed to aid in the development of your antibiotic stewardship program, and are pertinent to both health care practitioners and nursing staff. The Comprehensive Timeline and Supporting Materials integrates presentations, narrated presentations, and tools with specific activities to develop or enhance antibiotic stewardship at your facility.
Other tools support overall implementation as well as use input from your team and other staff members to develop an intervention and then measure change to assess interventions. Assuring good specimen collection techniques can help improve antibiotic use, as can fostering effective communication about the potential risks and benefits to antibiotic use.
Use “Sustaining Your Antibiotic Stewardship Program Guide,” in the list below, as a guide to sustain your antibiotic stewardship program and continue to build on your team’s successes.