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American Geriatrics Society's Beers Criteria Updated for 2023
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has released an updated AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. This article details the methodology and modifications.
Web link    Date Added: 06/21/2023    Date Last Modified: Jun 21 2023 4:58PM  
Antibiotic Resistance and Stewardship Word Search
This PDF provides a word search game focused on antibiotic resistance and stewardship.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/18/2024    Date Last Modified: Apr 18 2024 4:35PM  
Antibiotic Rx in Hospitals: Proceed with Caution
This article focuses on poor practices of prescribing antibiotics, which puts patients at unnecessary risks for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections and deadly diarrhea and can contribute to antibiotic resistance making them less likely to work in the future.
Web link    Date Added: 04/21/2014    Date Last Modified: Apr 21 2014 12:00AM  
Antibiotics: Do you really need them?
This patient-directed tool provides information on using antibiotics appropriately and their role in reducing antibiotic resistance.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/20/2018    Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2022 10:52AM  
Antibiotics: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Bad
Antibiotics are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, overuse and misuse have led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Review this poster to learn about the dangers of overusing antibiotics and why sometimes they are not the answer.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/02/2017    Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2022 10:50AM  
Antibiotics: When Do We Really Need Them?
This webpage provides educational information on the proper usage for antibiotics—when to use versus when not to. A video suitable for children to view and understand accompanies the information.
Web link    Date Added: 04/26/2024    Date Last Modified: Apr 26 2024 1:56PM  
Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Era of Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotic stewardship programs can help organizations promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) and improve patient outcomes. Attend this session to hear from Arjun Srinivasan, MD, the associate director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to learn strategies to implement and maintain an antibiotic stewardship program in your organization.
Video    Date Added: 05/30/2017    Date Last Modified: May 30 2017 12:00AM  
Appendix A: Policy and Practice Actions to Improve Antibiotic Use
This document contains detailed explanations of policy and practice actions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which can be taken by nursing homes as part of their antibiotic stewardship activities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/13/2016    Date Last Modified: Sep 11 2023 4:37PM  
Appendix B: Measures of Antibiotic Use, Prescribing and Outcomes
This document contains more detailed explanations of antibiotic use process and outcome measures, which can be tracked by nursing homes to monitor the impact of their antibiotic stewardship activities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/11/2016    Date Last Modified: Sep 11 2023 4:38PM  
Asymptomatic Bacteriuria
This article explains how the diagnosis is made, outlines the reasons for treating and summarizes the reasons for avoiding unnecessary treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria.
Web link    Date Added: 10/11/2023    Date Last Modified: Oct 11 2023 2:15PM  
CDC advises patients and their families to "Be Antibiotics Aware"
This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aimed to help reduce the overuse of unnecessary antibiotics leading to the spread of superbugs.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/26/2024    Date Last Modified: Apr 26 2024 1:44PM  
CDC Public Health Media Library
The discovery of antibiotics was one of the greatest medical achievements of the twentieth century. However, overuse of these drugs has led to the development of resistance in bacteria. As a consequence, some infections can result in serious illness and even death. In this podcast, Dr. Tarayn Fairlie discusses the dangers of overusing antibiotics.
Web link    Date Added: 10/26/2012    Date Last Modified: Oct 26 2012 12:00AM  
Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes
This CDC website for long-term care providers provides information and resources on prevention of infections, offers information for clinical staff, infection control coordinators and residents on topices related to antibiotic stewardship, dialysis safety and hand hygiene, and access to infection tracking system for long-term care facilities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/29/2016    Date Last Modified: Mar 29 2023 10:19AM  
July 2024 Nursing Home Connect Events
The TMF Quality Innovation Network hosts weekly Nursing Home Connect webinars on Thursdays at 1:30 CT. Here are the topics for July 2024, which include antibiotic stewardship and enhanced barrier precautions. Register now.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/12/2024    Date Last Modified: Jun 12 2024 3:59PM  
LTC Connect: Reducing Hospitalizations Due to Facility-Acquired Infections, Part 1 – Antibiotic Stewardship
This March 16, 2023, LTC Connect recording focuses on reducing hospitalizations due to facility-acquired infections and antibiotic stewardship. TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization specialists discussed how proper identification of urinary tract infections and having an antibiotic stewardship process can help to decrease unnecessary antibiotics as well as help to reduce emergency department visits and readmissions for your residents.
Video    Date Added: 03/20/2023    Date Last Modified: Mar 20 2023 11:00AM  
LTC Connect: Reducing Hospitalizations Due to Facility-Acquired Infections, Part 1 – Antibiotic Stewardship
This presentation is from the March 16, 2023, LTC Connect webinar, "Reducing Hospitalizations Due to Facility-Acquired Infections, Part 1 – Antibiotic Stewardship."
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/14/2023    Date Last Modified: Mar 14 2023 1:15AM  
New AHRQ Guide Helps Nursing Homes Tackle Antimicrobial Stewardship
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) new Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide is a research-based resource that offers step-by-step instructions and materials to help nursing homes improve antibiotic use and decrease harms caused by inappropriate prescribing. The guide, which is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention core elements of antibiotic stewardship, can also help health care providers meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services new Infection Prevention and Control Program requirements.
Web link    Date Added: 11/07/2016    Date Last Modified: Nov 7 2016 12:00AM  
Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide: Determine Whether to Treat
This SBAR toolkit is designed to help train facility nursing staff in what to look for with a suspected urinary tract infection. The tool can be used to help prevent overuse and unnecessary antibiotics.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/26/2024    Date Last Modified: Apr 26 2024 2:12PM  
Nursing Home Connect: Antibiotic Stewardship
Watch this July 11, 2024, Nursing Home Connect webinar recording to learn the crucial role antibiotic stewardship plays in the prevention of multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) infections, as well as provide tools for measuring your antibiotic program’s effectiveness.
Video    Date Added: 07/12/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 12 2024 12:53PM  
Nursing Home High-Touch Areas
This tool lists some of the high-touch areas in your facility that must be cleaned and disinfected frequently to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and staff.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/09/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 9 2024 1:06PM  
Toolkit 3. The Nursing Home Antibiogram Program Toolkit: How To Develop and Implement an Antibiogram Program
A nursing home-specific antibiogram may be an effective and inexpensive tool for improving appropriate antibiotic prescribing. This toolkit reflects the results of preliminary work with three nursing homes to develop the antibiogram, train staff and implement the program.
Web link    Date Added: 03/29/2023    Date Last Modified: Mar 29 2023 10:24AM  
Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new toolkit to help facilities implement an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) that specifically targets C. difficile.
Web link    Date Added: 01/02/2014    Date Last Modified: Jan 2 2014 12:00AM  
Toolkit to Educate and Engage Residents and Family Members
This toolkit, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, provides tips and tools to help staff engage residents and families and provide needed education about how infections are treated in the facility.
Web link    Date Added: 04/26/2024    Date Last Modified: Apr 26 2024 1:49PM  
UTIs: Do you always need an antibiotic?
This article helps to educate on when antibiotics may be needed to resolve a urinary tract infection and when they should be avoided.
Web link    Date Added: 04/26/2024    Date Last Modified: Apr 26 2024 2:00PM  
What Is Antibiotic Stewardship and Why Do Nursing Homes Need It
Listen to this first recording from the TMF Quality Innovation Network’s Long-Term Care Antibiotic Stewardship podcast series to hear from Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, the chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, who discusses antibiotic stewardship and why nursing homes need it.
Podcast    Date Added: 03/01/2018    Date Last Modified: Mar 1 2018 12:00AM  
Antibiotics: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Bad (Spanish/U.S.)
Antibiotics are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, overuse and misuse have led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Review this poster to learn about the dangers of overusing antibiotics and why sometimes they are not the answer.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/02/2017    Date Last Modified: Feb 2 2017 12:00AM