Promotion of Antimicrobial Stewardship: The Texas Medical Association (1) supports physician efforts to promote antibiotic stewardship programs in health care facilities, and encourage physicians to participate in education programs and to use current evidence-based resources such as those provided by professional societies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Physicians are encouraged to use the available patient education tools to inform their patients about antimicrobial therapy, prescribing guidelines, and appropriate use of antibiotic therapies. This includes the proper use and handling of antibiotics as prescribed by their physician, and the information that antibiotics should not be shared and are not needed and are inappropriate for viral infections; and (2) recommends that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and medical schools inform medical students and residents about antimicrobials and the impact of antimicrobial resistance on public health, and that TMA collaborate with DSHS to promote the use of evidence-based programs such as CDC’s Get Smart program. (CM-CID Rep. 3-A-11).
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October 07, 2016