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Four Steps to Manage Antibiotics in Acute Care Settings

psqh.com

Christopher Cheney

January 30, 2019

A four-phase approach to prescribing and managing antibiotics focuses on critical time points to achieve effective antibiotics stewardship, a recent article in JAMA says.

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.

The lead author of the JAMA article, Pranita Tamma, MD, MHS, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is a co-creator of the 4 Moments of Antibiotic Decision-Making concept.