antibiotic stewardship

Guided therapy can improve antibiotic resistanceResearchers share surprising findings about PCT-guided therapy in antibiotic management in patients with respiratory infections.
Tests help aid in antibiotic controlFDA recently approved 2 tests that will aid healthcare providers in determining which antibiotics are needed, leading to better antibiotics management.
CMS proposal to address antibiotic resistance: Key takeawaysTo participate in Medicare and Medicaid, hospital and critical access hospitals (CAHs) would need to meet new criteria.
Antibiotic stewardship programs: 4 case studiesAll antibiotic use has the potential to contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance. That’s why it is key to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use in order to slow the growth of resistance.
Antibiotic overuse for acne common, misunderstoodResearch shows dermatologists are overprescribing antibiotics for acne treatment, and patients and their parents seem unaware of the consequences, as well as alternatives to antibiotic treatment for acne.
How cutaneous microbiome impacts skin diseaseThe elements, implications, and nuances of the cutaneous microbiome are driving factors in the development, spread, and treatment of skin diseases.
Faster response to antibiotic therapy failure neededStudy demonstrates current antibiotic use for acne therapy far surpasses guideline recommendations and calls for dermatologists to decrease extended courses of antibiotics through early recognition of failure and guiding patients to alternative therapies.
Grants encourage development of antibiotic alternativesThe National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced in January that it is funding 24 research projects, to the tune of about $5 million, to develop non-traditional therapeutics for bacterial infections. Learn more
Antimicrobial stewardship programs aim to curb resistance problemAcute bacterial skin and skin structure infections are associated with unnecessary use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, leading to antibiotic resistance. Antimicrobial stewardship programs could be a very effective and useful approach to help stop the alarming trend of antibiotic resistance. Several strategies help optimize outcomes.
Avoid antibiotic monotherapyThe cumulative dose of antibiotics prescribed to treat acne can be reduced through adjunctive use of retinoids or benzoyl peroxide.