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Antimicrobial Stewardship
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Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are programs designed to improve antibiotic use. They help to ensure that patients receive the right antibiotic, in the right dose, at the right time, and for the right length of time in order to improve patient outcomes, reduce antibiotic resistance, and save healthcare costs. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all hospitals implement ASPs.

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: November 18-24, 2020 

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 18-22, 2019 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.

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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 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.