- Identify opportunities to engage with all hospital-based clinicians to improve antibiotic stewardship in your hospital.
- Pay attention to appropriate antibiotic choice and resistance patterns and identify mechanisms to educate providers on overprescribing in your hospital.
- Consider the following:
Adhere to antibiotic treatment guidelines.
Track the day.
Set a stop date.
Avoid automatic time courses.
Not only did participants receive recognition for their efforts hanging up the posters and engaging their teams, the posters’ presence in various hospitals and offices around the country created thousands of impressions among hospital-based staff and others directly responsible for proper antibiotic prescribing.
Although the contest is over, you can still help facilitate culture change related to appropriate antibiotic prescribing. Follow SHM on Twitter @SHMLive, and continue to visit FightTheResistance.org for the latest updates on the campaign and new tools to promote antibiotic stewardship. TH
Brett Radler is SHM’s communications coordinator.