Antibiotic Use in the United States:
Progress and Opportunities
Report describes programs and resources to support healthcare providers and protect patients
Improving the way we prescribe and use antibiotics, a concept referred to as “antibiotic stewardship,” is critical for protecting patients from harm and combating antibiotic resistance. Although the United States has made progress toward optimal prescribing and use of antibiotics in human health, there are many opportunities to improve.
This new report, Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017: Progress and Opportunities, includes information about the current status of antibiotic use in healthcare settings, highlighting programs and resources to support stewardship.
The report also demonstrates the specific roles and actions for healthcare providers; patients and their families; health systems, hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes; healthcare quality organizations; health insurance companies; healthcare provider professional organizations; and federal, state, and local health agencies.
When we optimize the treatment of infections, we protect patients from harm and combat antibiotic resistance.
Three Ways to Take Action Now:
- Read and share the report.
Become familiar with the programs and resources supporting healthcare providers and patients in their efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing and use.
- Find out how one facility implemented antibiotic stewardship activities. Check out CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog to learn how Ascension Healthcare successfully implemented CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs.
- Learn about additional CDC work to improve antibiotic prescribing and use in community settings.This work helps to combat antibiotic resistance and protect patients from infectious diseases like tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and Valley fever.