Antimicrobial Stewardship 101: Fighting Fatal Infection


Every year, more than 2 million people in the United States become ill from infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria—23,000 die as a result of their infections. The mortality rate increases in patients with complications of coexisting conditions. To fight these fatal infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that antibiotic use must improve. Learn about antibiotic-resistance patterns, incentives for reducing antibiotic use, and strategies to combat overuse of antibiotics.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current patterns of antibiotic resistance in the United States, including pathogens identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as urgent or serious threats.
  2. Define antimicrobial stewardship and the rationale behind extending antimicrobial stewardship into the ambulatory setting.
  3. Summarize the core elements of community antimicrobial stewardship.
  4. Identify novel approaches to implement antimicrobial stewardship in the community.

Joint Providership

Cosponsored by Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP.)

Katie Suda, PharmD
Dept of Veterans Affairs
Learning Level: Level 1
Track: Pharmacy Management and Professional Leadership, Health-System Pharmacy
Session Time Slot(s): 
Saturday, March 17
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Music City Center - Room 105B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-005-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.1
Activity Type: