The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is joining Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a national effort to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance by asking Colorado health care providers to Be Antibiotics Aware. It is estimated that nearly one-third of antibiotic courses prescribed in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms are unnecessary. Improving antibiotic prescribing is a national priority to combat antibiotic resistance.
During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW), November 18-24, we are kicking off our Antibiotic Awareness Initiative by providing updated data and resources for appropriate use of antimicrobials.
CDPHE’s Antibiotic Awareness Week outreach goals are to mobilize health care stewardship teams and educate our community members to take action and optimize antibiotic use.
All providers can access CDC's Be Antibiotic Aware information and CDPHE’s local data and resources to improve antibiotic prescribing and use in all settings and help combat antibiotic resistance 52 weeks a year.
Core elements updates
CDPHE updated the data reporting engagement with the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Colorado hospitals for 2021. 100% of acute care hospitals and 87% of critical access hospitals in Colorado met all core elements in 2021. Additional details such as visualization of trends over time and core elements can be found in the clickable image below.
We encourage hospital-based antimicrobial stewards to REGISTER for our Colorado Antimicrobial Stewardship Endeavor (CASE) workshops that begin in November and continue through July. CASE provides workshops, office hours, and one–on-one program consultations to support antimicrobial stewardship in the acute care setting. Since 2021, CASE has helped antimicrobial stewardship programs improve tracking, monitoring, and reporting protocols and provide resources such as treatment guidelines and dosing recommendations. Include CASE in your quality management program and REGISTER today!
Long-term care facilities
Nurses and members of care teams in long-term care settings can use tools and resources to support antimicrobial stewardship.
CDPHE’s Antibiotic Tracking Tool for LTCF. Please utilize this tool within Google Sheets to track antibiotic usage and infection types among residents. If you need to work with an Excel file of the tool, please email us with your request.
- CDC Antibiotic Stewardship Training Series
- Dialogue Around Respiratory Illness Treatment (DART)
- Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP): Antibiotic Stewardship podcasts and webinars
- CDC Antibiotic Stewardship Dental Resource Bundle
- CDC Checklist for Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry
- Colorado Oral Health Resource Library
- OSAP: Stewardship Resources for Dental Prescribers
Guidelines for Antibiotic Use:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program
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