May 19, 2017
Rather than preauthorizing antibiotics or imposing restriction policies, an antibiotic stewardship program in which a team of pharmacists and physicians evaluated all prescribed antimicrobials and provided in-person feedback — dubbed “handshake stewardship” — decreased use of antibiotics by 10.9%.
“Very few hospitals have a medical doctor involved in the day-to-day running of this kind of program, and very few programs review every single antibiotic prescription. However, the risks associated with antibiotics require that we find an effective way to limit their use,” Sarah Parker, MD, pediatric infectious diseases physician and medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said in a press release. “Not only do 30% of children who take antibiotics experience a side effect such as diarrhea, but [they] can also kill good bacteria in the body, which can lead to more serious illness down the line.”