Background: Antimicrobial resistance is a nationwide public health crisis which is a result of indiscriminate antibiotic use. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for infections have been overlooked for several years in long-term care facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been compelled to require long-term care facilities to start an antibiotic stewardship program that is a key measure to combat antimicrobial resistance and seeks to accomplish this by improving antibiotic use. Many healthcare workers report presumed urinary tract infections to the provider without the accurate understanding of what criteria is required for the need of antibiotics.
Objective: Create a protocol for patients thought to have a urinary tract infection with recommendations to reduce overuse of antibiotics. Present new guidelines to clinical staff and evaluate their comprehension of it.
Methods: Data collection and evaluation of the formal antibiotic stewardship protocol (based on approval) will be completed from assessing the online modules and pre- and post-test submissions after the completion of each module.
Results: Currently, there is not a formal evaluation of this benchmark study.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Master of Science in Nursing
COLLINS, SHALESE LADAWNE, "A Formal Antibiotic Stewardship Protocol To Reduce Antibiotic Use" (2021). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 123.