Antimicrobial Stewardship - what you need to know (for consumers)

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard contains eight quality statements that describe the care that patients should received when they have an infection, or are at risk of an infection. Learn what the standard means for consumers and the other Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard resources available.

What is antimicrobial stewardship? 

Antimicrobial medicines agents, such as antibiotics, are important for treating and preventing infections. They have been called the miracle drugs of modern medicine. However, when microbes become resistant to an antimicrobial medicine, it no longer works for treating that infection. Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem in healthcare settings and in the community. Antimicrobial stewardship is a set of strategies to ensure that medicines are used appropriately, to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance.

What the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard means for you

Find out what the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard says and what it means for you in the statements below. Reading these statements will inform your discussion with your healthcare professional.

 

Quality statements for patients

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