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Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial Stewardship refers to coordinated strategies designed to promote appropriate use of antimicrobials with the goal of enhancing health outcomes, reducing resistance to antimicrobials, and decreasing unnecessary costs. Antimicrobial Stewardship programs help ensure patients receive the right antibiotic, at the right dose, at the right time, and for the right duration.

Antibiotic Awareness Week

Antibiotic Awareness Week is recognized during the third full week of November. More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur each year in the United States. Antibiotic resistant germs can spread quickly and are difficult to treat. It is important to know when antibiotics are needed to treat an infection and, if prescribed, that the antibiotic is taken correctly. Visit the CDC webpage to learn more about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. Additional resources for Antibiotic Awareness Week can also be found on the CDC's Webpage.

Antibiotic Awareness Week Webinar Series

The Indiana Department of Health's Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Team hosted a free webinar series prior to Antibiotic Awareness Week on November 13th, 15th, and 17th of 2023. The presentation topics are listed out below with access to the corresponding slideshows.

Can I feel better without antibiotics?

Page last reviewed and updated: May 2024