Antibiotic Stewardship for Consumers
Antibiotics save millions of lives each year in the United States and around the world. The CDC estimates that annually at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria in the United States alone.
Antibiotic stewardship is an effort for every community to work together to reduce antibiotic resistance. Although antibiotics save lives, they are often improperly used in both humans and animals, causing bacteria to change in a way that they become “superbugs” and resistant to antibiotics. For persons that get sick with a “superbug”, there are limited antibiotics and in some instances no antibiotics.
What can you do? Review the related websites and documents on this site.
Documents & Resources
Centers for Disease Control Resources
CDC Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Drug Resistance
CDC Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer Video
CDC Antibiotic Prescribing & Use in Doctor’s Offices Video and Audio
CDC Antibiotic Resistance & Food Safety
CDC Antibiotic Prescriptions Despensed by State
CDC Antibiotic Prescribing for Common Illnesses
CDC Do Antibiotics Help or Harm?
CDC How to Feel Better without Antibiotics
Choosing Wisely Resources
Antibiotics For Ear Infections
Antibiotics For Treating Sinusitis
Antibiotics For Urinary Tract Infections in Older People
Antibiotics For Your Skin
Antibiotic Treatment In The Hospital
Antibiotics, Will They Help You or Hurt You?
Local Government Resources
Kansas Department of Health & Environment HAI Program
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services HAI Program
North Dakota Department of Health HAI Program HAI Program
South Dakota Department of Health HAI Program
Learning and Action Network
We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.