Medscape CDC Expert Commentary Video: Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes
Today, Medscape releases a CDC Expert Commentary video featuringNimalie Stone, MD, medical epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, discussing a new antibiotic stewardship resource for nursing homes, CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes.
In nursing homes, antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed medications. Up to 70 percent of residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics during a year. Antibiotic misuse can harm residents by putting them at unnecessary risk for allergic reactions, drug-drug interactions, highly resistant infections and Clostridium difficile. In this CDC Expert Commentary video, Dr. Stone discusses the importance of incorporating the core elements into nursing home antibiotic stewardship activities so residents can be protected from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Learn more about the core elements and find supplemental resources to assist nursing homes in antibiotic stewardship activities here: http://www.cdc.gov/