JAMA Viewpoint: Empowering Appropriate Antibiotic Use in Hospitals
The need for antibiotic stewardship in every hospital in America is no longer a question, according to a new op-ed written for JAMA’s Viewpoint.
Infectious disease experts and article authors Brad Spelling, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center, Arjun Srinivasan, MD, CDC’s Associate Director of Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, and Henry Chambers, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and Chief of Infectious Diseases at San Francisco General Hospital, offer approaches they believe must be implemented to win the war against the rise of superbugs. It is estimated that up to 50% of antibiotic use is unnecessary or inappropriate, and they say there is no time like the present for hospitals to establish effective antibiotic stewardship programs to avert the crisis of antibiotic resistance.
For more on preserving the power of antibiotics and strategies to improve antibiotic use, please visit: JAMA’s Viewpoint.