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 CDC Issues Section 2 of Series on Antibiotic Stewardship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the second part of its four-part, web-based series to train clinicians on the use of antibiotics to combat antibiotic resistance and improve health care quality and patient safety.

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are attuned to the focus on antibiotic stewardship given that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated that SNFs have a trained infection prevention expert on staff by November 2019 under the new Requirements of Participation, and the issue is a major concern for maintaining high-quality care.

CDC said the previously released Section 1 includes information about antibiotic resistance and threats and a detailed explanation of the benefits of antibiotic stewardship. “Additionally, section 1 discusses risks and benefits of antibiotics, with a focus on the microbiome, adverse drug events, and Clostridium difficile infections,” the agency said.
 
For Section 2, the focus is on outpatient antibiotic use, inappropriate antibiotic usages, and barriers to appropriate outpatient antibiotic prescribing to identify methods to help clinicians overcome those barriers.
Section 3 and 4 will be released soon, CDC said. The agency noted that those participating in the training are eligible for continuing education credits.
 
Read more on the CDC training at https://tinyurl.com/y8mrmgkw.
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