Author: SHEA
Date Published:2/2/2015 11:46:00 AM
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February 2, 2015

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SHEA Applauds Obama Administration's Request for Funding to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial Stewardship Highlighted as Key Effort

February 2, 2015 — The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) welcomes President Obama's FY 2016 Budget Proposal, nearly doubling Federal funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance. There is no greater threat to modern medicine than losing the effectiveness of antibiotics.

"The request for funding shows the Administration's commitment to supporting and driving a national strategy on antimicrobial resistance that improves patient care and  preserves our ability – as both doctors and patients –  to fight infections," said Anthony Harris, MD, MS, president, SHEA Board of Trustees. "As a society, we need to evaluate how we are using antibiotics. We are encouraged by the focus on preserving current antibiotics along with the development of new antibiotics. We hope the additional funding will help establish responsible antibiotic use, as well as a viable pipeline of new drugs for the future."

The funding request includes more than $280 million allocated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support antibiotic stewardship, outbreak surveillance, antibiotic use and resistance monitoring, and research and development related to combating antibiotic resistance.  These efforts are central to slowing antimicrobial resistance.  SHEA is a vocal advocate for regulatory mechanisms requiring antimicrobial stewardship programs and furthering research on stewardship including rapid, point-of care diagnostic tests to avoid antibiotics when a viral etiology is identified.  Appropriate funding is central to accomplishing these goals.

Healthcare facilities of all types should combine antimicrobial stewardship strategies with strong infection prevention measures as a complete multifaceted approach to prevent, detect, and control the emergence of antimicrobial resistant organisms around the world.

SHEA looks forward to working with our members, regulatory agencies, the White House and Congressional leaders on this significant public health issue.

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SHEA is a global professional society representing more than 2,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals with expertise and passion for healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention to improve patient care in all healthcare settings. SHEA's mission is to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology. The society advances its mission through advocacy, science and research, expert guidelines and guidance on key issues, the exchange of knowledge, and high-quality education.  SHEA focuses resources on promoting antimicrobial stewardship, ensuring a safe healthcare environment, encouraging transparency in public reporting related to HAIs, focused efforts on prevention and more. Visit SHEA online at www.shea-online.org, www.facebook.com/SHEApreventingHAIs and @SHEA_Epi.