ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS: IMPLICATIONS FOR RESISTANCE RATES & QUALITY OF CARE IN HOSPITALS

Each year, two million Americans acquire serious infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics resulting in significant morbidity, mortality, health care utilization and costs. Despite the recent passage of an antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) mandate in California and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for a minimum standard ASP in hospitals, literature on the impact of ASPs on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) rates in hospitals is sparse. The long-term goal of...
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