Challenges of antibiotic stewardship in the ICU

Hospital Safety Insider
By Christopher Cheney, HealthLeaders Media
February 21, 2019

Antibiotic stewardship in the intensive care unit setting poses unique challenges to intensivists and other ICU clinicians, recent research indicates.

Appropriate prescribing of antibiotics by healthcare providers is essential to help avoid the development of antibiotic-resistant infections, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls one of the most severe public health problems in the country. About 23,000 Americans die annually from an antibiotic-resistant infection, the CDC says.