U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is November 18-24, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced that November 18-24, 2019 is U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW). The week highlights the importance of improving antibiotic prescribing and use, also known as antibiotic stewardship. Improving the way healthcare professionals prescribe antibiotics, and the way we take antibiotics, helps keep us healthy now, helps fight antibiotic resistance, and ensures that these life-saving drugs will be available for future generations.

Antibiotics are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. However, at least 30% of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily. Any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance, one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health.

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. Each year in the United States, more than 2.8 million infections from bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics occur and more than 35,000 people die as a direct result. Many more die from complications from antibiotic-resistant infections.

CDC encourages healthcare professionals, patients, and families to learn more about antibiotic prescribing and use.


Download Resources from CDC:

USAAWA Be Antibiotics Aware Partner toolkit>

Recently released report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019.

DYK?: Infection Prevention and Control (F880) continues to be the #1 most frequently cited F-tag across the U.S.? Click here to visit CMS’ Quality and Certification Oversight Reports (updated 11/07/2019) to learn more.


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