Patient Safety Topics
Antimicrobial Resistance

​Antimicrobial resistance, when bacteria are harder to kill with antibiotics, and the increasing incidence of multi-drug resistant organisms is a safety issue for patients and residents in Pennsylvania, nationally, and abroad.  Each year in the United States, at least two million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die. One of the biggest contributors to the rise of these "super bugs" is the inappropriate use of antibiotics, such as taking antibiotics for a viral infection like a cold or the flu. Implementing an antibiotic stewardship program has been shown to improve patient and resident outcomes.

Key Data and Statistics
Educational Tools

Urinary Tract Infection Internal Case Review Form

The urinary tract infection internal case review form can be used when assessing a patient with a urinary tract infection.

CDC Antibiotic Factsheet - You've Been Prescribed an Antibiotic - Now What?

Some infections can be treated with antibiotics, which are powerful, life-saving drugs. Antibiotics have side effects and should only be used when necessary. There are some important things you should know about your antibiotic treatment.

Antibiotic Stewardship Goals

This is a plan set up for facilities to use to establish Antibiotic Stewardship Goals while incorporating Organizational Goals, Infection Control Goals,  Objectives, Methods, Evaluation Process and Participants within a timeframe.

Antibiotic Timeout Protocol

The antibiotic timeout protocol can be used as an intervention to improve antibiotic use. 

Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet (ICSW)

The ASC Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet can be used for assessing compliance with the Medicare ASC Infection Control Condition for Coverage (CfC).  

Strategies to Turn the Tide Against Inappropriate Antibiotic Utilization

The content found in this figure can be used to turn the tide against inappropriate antibiotic utilization. 

Antibiotic Stewardship Plan (ASP)

This plan provides an initial framework for our strategic approach to this aim and establishes accountability for the ASP's activities and outcomes. 

Antibiotic Stewardship Poster- Patient

A poster geared towards patients discussing the importance of antibiotic stewardship.

Antibiotic Stewardship Poster - HCW

A poster geared towards healthcare workers discussing the importance of antibiotic stewardship.


Safety Tips for Patients