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Technical Assistance Available for Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Policies

California law requires hospitals to adopt and implement an antimicrobial stewardship policy in accordance with guidelines established by the federal government and professional organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends tracking antibiotic use to identify opportunities for improvement and assess the impact of antimicrobial stewardship efforts. In addition, the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network supports an antibiotic use surveillance option as a way for hospitals to track and analyze their antibiotic use data and compare to other U.S. hospitals. Benchmarking to national risk-adjusted data has been helpful in reducing hospital-acquired infections and may play an important role in antimicrobial stewardship.  

To provide support to California hospitals for meeting this mandate, the California Department of Public Health Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program is offering health informatics technical assistance and training to hospitals interested in implementing the antibiotic use surveillance option. This is a voluntary effort to assist hospitals in using the National Healthcare Safety Network module and evaluating antibiotic use. To learn more about available resources, email the HAI Program at haiprogram@cdph.ca.gov.

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