Antibiotic Stewardship


Central to a comprehensive program to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria is antibiotic stewardship (also referred to as antimicrobial stewardship) within healthcare systems and throughout the healthcare community. Antibiotic stewardship is a program by which facilities are able to monitor, reduce and prevent misuse and/or overuse of antibiotics within a healthcare system using a multidisciplinary team and strategic approach.

The Qsource provides outreach, education and technical assistance to implement the CDC’s Core Elements of antibiotic stewardship in outpatient settings. Our team is working to establish and implement antimicrobial stewardship program activities in outpatient settings that are effective, sustainable and can be tailored to the clinical needs of those settings.

Outpatient settings who may participate include:

  • Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Emergency Departments
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Outpatient pharmacies
  • Pharmacy-based clinics
  • Physician Offices
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Urgent Care

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Be Antibiotics Aware

State Contacts:

Teresa Fox
(256) 293-9994

Cathie Moore
(765) 505-3529

Susan Anderson-Lenz, M.S. HIM
(859) 300-2118

Kim Roberts
(601) 957-1575, ext. 245

Eric Sullivan
(615) 390-3672


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Antibiotic Stewardship National LAN Event

Presentation Slides:

Recorded Presentation:

Audience: This event was open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations.

Event Description: This event focused on successful physician-to-patient communication strategies to avoid unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. During this webinar participants learned cutting edge techniques from guest speaker Dr. Rita Mangione-Smith on how to manage expectations for antibiotics in order to avoid unnecessary prescribing while maintaining satisfaction with care. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain why providers prescribe antibiotics inappropriately.
  • Discuss why communications training is a good option to improve outpatient antibiotic prescribing.
  • Learn how patients most commonly communicate their expectations for antibiotics during visits for acute respiratory infection, and how this can lead to unnecessary antibiotic prescribing.
  • Gain an understanding of how to best manage expectations for antibiotics in order to avoid unnecessary prescribing while maintaining satisfaction with care.

The Antibiotic Stewardship National LAN Event – slides & recording available:

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Device-associated Module

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Central Line Insertion Practices (CLIP)

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Ventilator-associated Pneumonia (VAP)

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Multidrug-resistant Organism and Clostridium difficile Infection (MDRO/CDI) Module

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