Antibiotic Stewardship Policy for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings

November 1, 2017
Clinical Alerts

Antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis. National efforts to improve the use of antibiotics include changes made by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) to the Requirements of Participation for Long-Term Care Facilities, which require an antibiotic stewardship program “that includes antibiotic use protocols and a system to monitor antibiotic use.” In order to support successful implementation of an antibiotic stewardship program, AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s Infection Advisory Committee developed the Antibiotic Stewardship Policy for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings that individual facilities may adapt to suit their specific needs. The template is published as a special article in the November 2017 issue of JAMDA, and includes resources for antibiotic stewardship in long-term care, comparison of antibiotic use metrics, implementation guidance, and more. Additional resources include: