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The Joint Commission releases new antimicrobial stewardship standard


In June, the Joint Commission released a new antimicrobial stewardship standard that will become effective on January 1, 2017, and focused on key elements such as education of hospital staff about antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship practices, education of patients on appropriate use of antibiotics, development of a multidisciplinary antibiotic stewardship team, antibiotic protocol utilization, and appropriate monitoring.


a href="">The Joint Commission. New Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard. Available at: Accessed December 1, 2016.

Barlam TF, et al. Implementing an antibiotic stewardship program: guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Clin Infect Dis. 2016;62(10):1197–202. 

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