Article from Pharmacy Times
According to the CDC, antibiotics prescribed in US acute care hospitals are unnecessary or inappropriate 20% to 50% of the time. This inappropriate prescribing can result in preventable allergic reactions, adverse drug reactions, and Clostridium difficile infections. Approximately 250,000 of these infections and 14,000 deaths from them occur on an annual basis in patients hospitalized as a result. Inappropriate prescribing can also cause resistant infections. The CDC estimates that more than 2 million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, which leads to approximately 23,000 deaths annually.
The importance of antibiotic use is not new. Before the recommendation was issued for all acute care hospitals to implement an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) and before the new Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard was issued by the Joint Commission, many important developments had already occurred over the years.