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Antibiotic Awareness Week Is November 18-24

Antibiotic Awareness Week Is November 18-24

What’s happening: US Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual observance that raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.

 

Messages for Long Term Care Health Care Professionals

  • You can do harm by prescribing antibiotics when they are not needed.
    • Patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria should not be treated with antibiotics in most cases.
    • Antibiotics are only needed to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, not viruses like those that cause COVID-19.
  • Optimizing the use of diagnostic tests is critical for improving treatment of conditions like sepsis and stopping the spread of infections, including those caused by COVID-19.
  • Always remember to prescribe the right antibiotic, at the right dose, for the right duration, and at the right time.
    • Reassess antibiotic therapy to stop or tailor treatment based on the patient/resident’s clinical condition and diagnostic test results as appropriate.
    • Use of the shortest effective duration of antibiotic therapy is a key antibiotic stewardship strategy. Optimizing duration of therapy, especially in care transitions, is an important target for improvement.