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Healthcare Professionals: Optimize Antibiotic Prescribing and Use

Earlier today, the CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship launched the first section of a four-part web-based training course on Antibiotic Stewardship.

While this particular course is primarily for clinicians who prescribe antibiotics, CDC recognizes that everyone plays an important role in improving antibiotic use. Doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified health education specialists, nurses, pharmacists and public health practitioners with a master’s degree in public health are all eligible to receive up to eight hours of CE from this course, which is accessible in multiple modules offered in four sections. The first section is available now, with additional content releasing later this year.

This new course launches on the heels of CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care educational effort – aimed at optimizing antibiotic prescribing and use to protect patients and combat the threat of antibiotic resistance – and informs healthcare professionals about proper antibiotic use, encouraging open discussion among doctors and patients.

To learn more about this course, as well as other continuing education opportunities, visit the CDC Antibiotic Use website.

This course fulfills Improvement Activities (IA) Patient Safety and Practice Assessment (PSPA)_23 and PSPA_24 under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-Based Incentive Programs, or MIPS.

Free continuing education. Register now.

Create an account and register for this course directly at CDC Train.

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network has professionals working in our region to assist practitioners, pharmacists and health systems in the implementation of coordinated interventions designed to improve and measure the appropriate use of antibiotics by promoting the selection of the optimal drug regimen, dose, duration of therapy and route of administration. Visit our website to learn more.