There is a critical need for comprehensive programs to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). State health agencies play a role in addressing resistance because they are responsible for protecting patients across the healthcare system and serve as a bridge between healthcare organizations and the community. It is important that health agencies have adequate capacity to comprehensively address antimicrobial resistance.
State health agency roles in addressing antimicrobial resistance include coordinating and facilitating prevention activities, monitoring resistance across the state, leveraging existing partnerships and resources, and developing policies to address improved antimicrobial prescribing and use (stewardship). Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) can ensure judicious use to improve individual patient outcomes, prevent death from resistant infections, slow resistance, and reduce healthcare costs.
Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Polices to Promote Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
State health agencies are critical in building important partnerships to address antimicrobial resistance and stewardship and in implementing stewardship activities across the continuum of care. This report describes current state activities and presents a range of options for engagement, giving health agencies at all levels of capacity opportunities to develop or enhance stewardship policy and activities. View report »