A group of 25 experts and stakeholders convened through the National Quality Forum’s National Quality Partners has developed a “playbook” on the appropriate use of antibiotics to help hospitals reduce the occurrence of drug-resistant infections.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, decades of over-prescribing have created a situation in which drug-resistant bacteria now cause two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each  year. In 2017, The Joint Commission will implement a new set of standards for the use of antibiotics.

NQF’s new playbook aims to help healthcare facilities launch successful antibiotic stewardship initiatives as well as strengthen existing programs. To download a copy of the free resource, Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook, click here.