The CDC estimates that antibiotic resistance is responsible for more than two million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States. Antimicrobial stewardship programs are dedicated to promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials. Common antimicrobials are disinfectants and antiseptics, along with antibiotics. Effective use can lead to a decrease in patient illness and death, reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance, and cut healthcare costs. To improve antimicrobial stewardship across the state, the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program has improved the design of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Subcommittee webpage.
The updated webpage features an easy to navigate format with numerous new tools and resources. Resources are arranged by whether they are Arizona HAI Subcommittee specific resources or whether they are from an external professional organization. In addition, the webpage features business models to support antimicrobial stewardship programs, FAQs, and recognition of facilities that participated in “Get Smart Week.” The webpage serves as a hub for new resources, making it a must visit page for anyone interested in antimicrobial stewardship. A huge thanks to the HAI Program and the Department’s IT team who worked together to develop the new website and tools.