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What is antimicrobial stewardship?

Lisa Dumkow, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Antimicrobial stewardship is the careful, appropriate use of antibiotics only when needed and in the correct dosage and duration.

Fifty percent of antibiotic usage is inappropriate, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As an example, it is inappropriate to prescribe an antibiotic for an upper respiratory viral infection, yet many people ask for antibiotics in such cases.

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