volume 25, issue 1, P245-260 2011
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2010.11.011
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Pranita D. Tamma, Sara E. Cosgrove

Abstract: The overuse and misuse of antimicrobial agents has detrimental effects on patients, the health care system, and society. Inappropriate antimicrobial use contributes to the rising cost of health care, the emergence of multidrug resistant organisms, and adverse drug reactions. Antimicrobial stewardship programs provide standard, evidence-based approaches to encourage judicious use of antimicrobial agents. This review summarizes the goals of antimicrobial stewardship programs, the members needed to initiate and s…

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