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Better Use of Antibiotics Needed Throughout Healthcare Settings

SHEA partners with CDC on “Get Smart about Antibiotics Week” held Nov. 14-18

ARLINGTON, VA (November 14, 2016) – Everyone, from healthcare providers to patients, have a role to play in reducing antibiotic resistance. Specifically,  in order to halt the alarming trend of antibiotic resistance there is a need for well-documented and properly coordinated strategies like stewardship of antibiotics, expanded surveillance of antibiotic resistance bacteria, and investments in new drug development and diagnostic testing across all healthcare settings. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is pleased to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners in "Get Smart about Antibiotics Week" to raise awareness of strategies and programs to address antibiotic resistance with both healthcare providers and patients.

"All healthcare facilities can improve patient outcomes by addressing antibiotic resistance trends through focused efforts to eliminate unnecessary antibiotic therapies,” said Louise Dembry, MD,MS, MBA, president, SHEA Board of Trustees.  “We must also educate and engage patients in understanding when antibiotics are needed and when they are not.”

SHEA is committed to addressing antibiotic resistance by furthering education and leadership of stewardship programs for healthcare professionals.  Antibiotic stewardship programs and interventions help ensure that patients get the right antibiotics at the right time for the right duration. In addition to improving patient care, there is also cost savings potential.

Visit the SHEA website for more information on the appropriate use and management of antimicrobials in all healthcare settings to help improve patient care: www.shea-online.org

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SHEA is a professional society representing physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world with expertise and passion in healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. SHEA's mission is to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections, improve the use of antibiotics in healthcare settings, and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology. The society leads this specialty by promoting science and research, advocating for effective policies, providing high-quality education and training, and developing appropriate guidelines and guidance in practice. SHEA upholds the value and critical contributions of healthcare epidemiology and improved antibiotic use to improve patient care and healthcare worker safety in all healthcare settings. Visit SHEA online at www.shea-online.org, www.facebook.com/SHEApreventingHAIs and @SHEA_Epi.