The Urgent Care Association (UCA) and the College of Urgent Care Medicine® (CUCM) recently launched an Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program for urgent care centers that choose to demonstrate a commitment to responsible prescribing practices for antibiotics. With antimicrobial resistance on the rise, UCA advocates for healthcare providers to prescribe the right drug in the right dose for the right duration.
Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat, and UCA is proud to take a leadership role in finding a solution to this growing problem. There is a real need for comprehensive antibiotic stewardship across the healthcare industry, and UCA is encouraging all urgent care providers to take ownership of their prescribing practices and understand the role they play in stewardship efforts.
The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation Program requires urgent care centers to provide information demonstrating their compliance with the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC program provides a framework for antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient setting focused on four key elements:
The goal of this program is to encourage urgent care centers to become more proactive in their antibiotic stewardship efforts. Using evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management, centers can design and implement strategies to improve their prescribing practices, as well as educate patients on proper antibiotic use.
The period of Commendation is three years, and urgent care centers are required to provide information demonstrating ongoing compliance with the CDC’s Core Elements and an assessment of quality improvement efforts to obtain repeat Commendation.
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