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Antimicrobial Stewardship Advocacy Toolkit


SIDP promotes the proper use of antimicrobials through effective antimicrobial stewardship strategies. Since pharmacists are trained in optimizing drug regimens and potential adverse effects, they are able to assist both providers and patients in antimicrobial education. The right drug, right dose, de-escalation, and duration of therapy are all important concepts in establishing a successful antimicrobial stewardship practice. Healthcare providers and patients have the ability to impact antimicrobial use and preserve some of the most important medications we use today.

The toolkit below contains information for healthcare providers on ways to contribute to antimicrobial stewardship and educate patients on appropriate use and safety of antibiotics. 

Element 1: Commitment

  • Commit to improving antimicrobial stewardship efforts by sharing your data and success with your own healthcare systems (CMOs, providers, pharmacists, nurses, etc.)
  • Join a global effort and pledge today!
    • Any person, whether a healthcare professional or member of the general public, can pledge to better use antibiotics

Element 2: Action

2. Track and report antibiotic use at your local clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)’s Antimicrobial Use module

3. Reach out to your local communities to promote appropriate disposal of expired or unused antibiotics

4. Promote your antimicrobial stewardship efforts publicly

1. Take action by spreading the word on how to be “Antibiotics Aware” by sharing the CDC-ASHP-SIDP pharmacy action posters

    • The "5 Ways" were created as a joint effort to encourage all pharmacists in health systems to be active stewards
    • These resources originated with the AMR Challenge, a year-long, global effort led by U.S. agencies to fight the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Element 3: Education

Educate yourself and others through these shared resources: 

Element 4: Share

Follow (and share) SIDP social media accounts below for updated news!

  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel

  • Listen to our Podcasts

Share (and find) other ways people are promoting antimicrobial stewardship with #SIDPAdvocacy

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