Antibiograms are important tools for healthcare professionals to classify types of bacteria found in cultures, to identify patterns of antibiotic susceptibility in those bacteria, and to track changes in antibiotic susceptibility over time. They are an important component in monitoring trends in antimicrobial resistance across healthcare settings to determine the most appropriate agents for initial empirical antimicrobial therapy as well as to target efforts to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use.
This webinar provided a brief explanation of antibiograms and will delve into their value in acute care, long-term care and outpatient settings and the community. Using antibiograms to support improved antibiotic use in the broader community was also discussed.
Infectious diseases practitioners, infection preventionists, lab/microbiology staff and antibiotic stewardship team members.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe an antibiogram
- Identify the value of antibiogram use in various healthcare settings
- Relate the benefit of antibiograms to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use
Paul Carson, MD, FACP
Professor of Practice, Management of Infectious Diseases, Department of Public Health – North Dakota State University
Antibiotic Resistance/Antibiotic Stewardship Expert – ND Department of Health
Dr. Paul Carson serves as Professor of Practice and Medical Director of the Center for Immunization Research and Education for the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University. Dr. Carson is also the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Sanford Health. Dr. Carson received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota in 1986. He is involved in multiple health system and public health committees including most recently with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force for the North Dakota Department of Health and serves as the Department’s Antibiotic Resistance/Antibiotic Stewardship Expert. He has extensive experience in research and grant work as well as authoring and co-authoring many publications.