This podcast is based on the March 2014 CDC Vital Signs report. Antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices can put patients at risk for health problems. Learn how to protect patients by protecting antibiotics. Created: 3/4/2014 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).
Date Released: 3/4/2014. Series Name: CDC Vital Minute.
Vital Signs - Antibiotic RX in Hospitals: Proceed with Caution
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices put patients at risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. These errors also make the drugs less likely to work in the future. More than half of hospital patients receive an antibiotic for at least one day during their stay. Patients
be protected and the power of antibiotics
All hospitals should have an antibiotic stewardship program that includes, at minimum, CDC’s checklist.
Health providers—prescribe antibiotics correctly and document the dose, duration, and indication for every prescription. Reassess each prescription within 48 hours and adjust or stop the drug, if needed.
Hospital patients—ask if tests will be done to be sure the right antibiotic is prescribed, and be sure everyone cleans their hands before touching you.