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Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative

Everyday thousands of Americans are impacted by the improper use of antibiotics. According to the CDC, 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Antibiotics account for nearly 1 in 5 adverse drug events, and of those about 6% require hospitalization. An estimated 34 million unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics are ordered each year to treat acute respiratory conditions.

KFMC is partnering with community providers including hospital emergency departments, urgent care centers and clinics, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments and community pharmacies to improve care through antibiotic stewardship. Through this effort we are working with outpatient providers across Kansas to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections. Through this work, we are sharing information and education on the principles of antimicrobial stewardship, which is defined as 'coordinated interventions designed to improve and measure the appropriate use of antimicrobials by promoting the selection of the optimal antimicrobial drug regimen, dose, duration of therapy and route of administration.' Antibiotics are a precious resource and preserving their usefulness will require cooperation and engagement by all. For more information, please contact Nadyne Hagmeier, RN.

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