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Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antibiotic misuse and overuse are key drivers to antibiotic resistance, which has become one of the most serious growing public health threats today, responsible for an estimated 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Up to half of all antibiotics prescribed in U.S. acute care hospitals are either inappropriate or unnecessary. Studies have also shown that at least 30% of antibiotics prescribed to outpatients are unnecessary, and the total inappropriate outpatient antibiotic use may approach 50% (Source 1, 2, 3). 

Antimicrobial stewardship encompasses any activity that promotes the appropriate and sensible use of antimicrobials, and the need for active pharmacist involvement in stewardship is more prevalent now than ever.  In order to assist clinicians looking to get involved in or learn more about antimicrobial stewardship, IPA has compiled this useful and informative list of antimicrobial stewardship resources.

Iowa Toolkit
Iowa's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Toolkit
National Quality Forum
Antimicrobial Stewardship Playbook
Joint Commission Requirements & Resources
CDC Resources
Antimicrobial Stewardship Training and Certificate Programs for Pharmacists
Relevant Stewardship and ID Practice Guidelines
Established Stewardship Programs
 National Conferences
National Strategy
Microbiology Resources
  • CLSI - (free access to m100 with guest log-in)
Stewardship Applications
  • MicroGuide - Access to UIHC resistance rates (Trust: University of Iowa Hospitals and clinics)
Social Media & Infectious Disease
If you would like to talk one of the experts who help compile this list, IPA can connect you with them. Contact IPA at or 515-270-0713.

Thank you

Thank to the following members who asisted in compiling this list:

Amanda Bushman, PharmD, BCPS
Angie Fouts, PharmD
Brian Hoff, PharmD, BCPS
Lisa Lambi, PharmD, BCPS
Nathan Peterson, PharmD, BCPS