Antibiotic Awareness

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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, 2022, we are kicking off our Antibiotic Awareness Initiative by providing updated data and resources for appropriate use of antimicrobials. 

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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. 

The World Health Organization encourages people, organizations, and communities to “Go Blue for Antimicrobial Resistance” for World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW).

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Check out our social media messaging during USAAW Nov. 18- 24, 2022 

 

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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. 

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We encourage hospital-based antimicrobial stewards to REGISTER for our Colorado Antimicrobial Stewardship Endeavor (CASE) workshops beginning on Nov.18, 2022, through July 2023. 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!  

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CDPHE tools and resources

CDC updated its Antibiotic Resistance and Patient Safety Portal to include Antimicrobial Stewardship trends nationwide and Colorado. This site includes interactive graphs and reports of inpatient and outpatient antibiotic use. 

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Long-term care facilities

Nurses  and members of care teams  in long-term care settings can use tools and resources to support antimicrobial stewardship.

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CDPHE’s Antibiotic Tracking Tool for LTCF. Download this Excel Sheet to track antibiotic usage and infection types among residents. Clicking on the link or the image downloads the file to your computer.

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Antibiotic Time-Out Checklist - Use this checklist can be utilized to take a Time-Out to reassess appropriateness of an antibiotic within 48-72 hours after the antibiotic start date.

Suspected Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Action Tool - This resource can guide nursing staff in the initial evaluation of possible UTI in residents without a urinary catheter.

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CDC Core Elements for Nursing Homes provides guidelines for improving Nursing Home Antibiotic Stewardship.

AHRQ Toolkit to improve Antibiotic Use in Long-Term Care provides guidelines for reviewing patient prescriptions together as a care team. 

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Resources

CDC's Be Antibiotics Aware Partner Toolkit includes key messages, newsletters, and social media content for sharing during USAAW, which can also be found below. 

 

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program

Contact 
303-692-2700

Email us with your feedback or questions
cdphe_hai_ar@state.co.us

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