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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 27, 2015

Nursing Homes Need Improved Antibiotic Stewardship

JAMA. 2015;314(16):1685. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13264

New recommendations from the CDC advise all nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and curb their inappropriate use to protect residents from antibiotic-resistant infections, such as Clostridium difficile.

The CDC’s “Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes” provides practical ways for nursing homes to start or expand antibiotic stewardship activities, assess existing policies and practices, and review their progress (http://1.usa.gov/1KiBwFQ). In the report, the CDC outlines 7 core elements for nursing home antibiotic stewardship programs: leadership commitment, accountability, drug expertise, action, tracking, reporting, and education.

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