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Antimicrobial Stewardship
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Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antibiotic stewardship refers to the effort to measure and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients. For clinicians, that means prescribing the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, and for the right duration. For patients, that means the right person taking the drug exactly as prescribed for the right length of time. Improving the way healthcare professionals prescribe antibiotics, and the way we take antibiotics, helps keep us healthy, helps fight antibiotic resistance, and ensures that life-saving antibiotics will be available for future generations.

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: November 18-24, 2021 

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.

CDC's USAAW page

CDC's Be Antibiotics Aware

U.S. National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB), 2020-2025

Governor, Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor, Jon Husted, declare November 18-24, 2021 as Antibiotic Awareness Week. 

Governor, Mike DeWine, and Lieutenant Governor, Jon Husted, declare November 18-24, 2021 as Antibiotic Awareness Week throughout the State of Ohio and urge all healthcare and public health workers to observe this week with activities that raise awareness about appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

Click here to view the proclamation in full size.

ASPs can be implemented in any healthcare setting; how they are implemented will vary based on the type of setting, types of patients, and available resources and expertise.

The CDC has compiled evidence to support Antibiotic Stewardship Programs (ASPs).  This evidence highlights the impact of ASPs on costs, reduction of Clostridioides difficile infections, antibiotic use, and more.

Resources for Developing and Implementing an ASP

Continuing Education and Curriculum Opportunities


Side Effects of Antibiotics

Contact Us:

Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Infectious Diseases
Antimicrobial Stewardship
246 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone: (614) 995-5599
Fax: (614) 387-2132

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.