How to Utilize the Toolkit?

Key steps for starting an antibiotic stewardship program are listed below. Next to each step is the link to a section within the toolkit with more information and resources.

A goal for any antibiotic stewardship program is to meet all seven of the core elements of an antibiotic stewardship program. The following steps should help you achieve that goal. The toolkit has a section for each core element.

Build the Case for Antibiotic Stewardship

Obtain Leadership Commitment Letter

Develop a Business Plan

Develop an ASP Policy

Form Your ASP Team

Determine the Type of Stewardship ACTIONS You Will Perform

Develop an Education Plan to:

  • Introduce and describe your antibiotic stewardship plan
  • Educate the entire hospital staff on antibiotic resistance and stewardship

Determine What and How You Will Track Data

  • Process measures include days of therapy, length of therapy, and standardized antimicrobial administration ratio.
  • Outcome measures include length of stay, hospital-onset C. difficile rates, antibiotic resistance

Determine How and Who You Will Report the Data to

  • Present to leadership, pharmacy and therapeutics, frontline providers
  • Data presentation software
  • Third party vendors