This week: U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. As a key component of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship across multiple settings, including long-term care, this week, November 13-19, the annual U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week will be observed.

The one-week observance raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Infections as a result of antibiotic resistance are especially of concern in the long-term care setting, where our most vulnerable population depends on facility staff to provide quality care. On November 28, 2017, long-term care facilities must have their antibiotic stewardship programs in place to be surveyed by CMS.

Join infection control expert Brian Garavaglia, PhD, FACHCA on Tuesday, December 5, 1:00-2:30pm ET, as he walks providers through how to prepare for Phase 2 infection control requirements, including the impact antibiotic resistance has had on long-term care and how facilities can prevent resistance through stewardship.

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