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INDUSTRY NEWS: Improving Antibiotic Stewardship at Urgent Care Centers

Author: UCA Admin/Monday, May 11, 2020/Categories: Industry News

‐ posted on Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare 

Broader outpatient care points to need for stronger antibiotic education

By Megan Headley

While antibiotic stewardship has improved in recent years, the threat continues to evolve, affecting new pathogens and new places of care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2019 report on Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States says that more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result. However, the CDC notes this is an 18% decrease compared to the number of deaths cited in its 2013 report; the decrease is attributed largely to improvements in hospitals’ antibiotic stewardship programs. Now the CDC is looking to drop that number further by targeting care in urgent care centers.

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