Combating Antibiotic Resistance
VHAN is working to increase the appropriate use of antibiotics and decrease the threat of antibiotic resistance through a new Antibiotic Stewardship Program. Antibiotic overuse significantly reduces the quality of care for both adults and children. At least 30% of outpatient-prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary, sometimes leading to ER visits for adverse drug events in patients of all ages. Learn more about proper antibiotic management below.
Purpose of this work:
The symptoms of upper respiratory infections (URIs) typically include runny nose, sore throat and cough. Most URIs are caused by viruses, which don’t respond to antibiotics. VHAN’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program aims to:
- RReduce antibiotic prescriptions for these infections
- RPromote treatment of symptoms at home
- RCommunicate these goals to patients
- RFacilitate a positive patient experience
Case Study: Vanderbilt Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Antibiotic resistance caused nearly 5 million associated deaths worldwide in 2019. To fight the crisis of resistance and ensure optimum use of antibiotics, a team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians and pharmacists created the Vanderbilt Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (VASP). Read more about the VASP team’s efforts below.
Suggested URI Resources
These cards contain clinical algorithms to help determine when to prescribe antibiotics and when to suggest alternates.
These convenient badge-sized versions of the pocket cards give clinicians a quick glance at important prescriber guidance.
Virus or Bacteria? Poster
Spanish and Arabic versions available. This printable poster for exam rooms and clinic spaces assists with patient education around antibiotics.
URI Patient Education
These social graphics from the CDC make it easy for practices to provide digestible patient education related to URI prescriptions.