The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society is a leading organization in the care of children with infectious diseases worldwide. Effective antimicrobial stewardship has been a primary mission of PIDS over the past 6 years as evident by a standing committee on Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship and an annual International Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship meeting now in its 6th year. Below are the commitments set forth by PIDS for the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship.

Leadership

PIDS commits to being a leader in the appropriate use of antibiotics for children.

PIDS commits to providing children's hospitals with the best methods to perform Antimicrobial Stewardship.

PIDS commits to supporting and advocating for a multi-disciplinary approach to antimicrobial stewardship, including physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, microbiologists, infection preventionists, and information technology specialists.

PIDS commits to partnering with The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) to help assure that adult-based hospitals that care for children have effective Antimicrobial Stewardship for their pediatric patients.

PIDS commits to identifying the best approach to Antimicrobial Stewardship for the treatment of children in the outpatient setting.

PIDS commits to supporting legislation that assures new antimicrobial agents will be developed and will be approved in a manner that assures their appropriate use in children.

PIDS commits to collaborating with international partners on improving the use of antimicrobials worldwide.

Research

PIDS commits to determining the best practices for conducting Antimicrobial Stewardship in all hospital settings.

PIDS commits to supporting well-designed clinical studies to identify optimal durations of antimicrobial therapy for common childhood infections.

PIDS commits to supporting research on rapid diagnostics to improve antimicrobial use and patient outcomes.

PIDS commits to supporting research awards for fellows interested in Antimicrobial Stewardship.

Education

PIDS commits to continuing to support the Annual International Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship meeting held at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri.

PIDS commits to participating with SHEA and IDSA in developing and maintaining Antimicrobial Stewardship clinical practice guidelines.

PIDS commits to collaborating with SHEA and IDSA on educational competencies for clinicians in performing Antimicrobial Stewardship.

Agriculture

PIDS commits to advocating for the appropriate use of antibiotics in the agriculture industry.

PIDS commits to collaborating with IDSA in convening the key stakeholders in discussing the impact of inappropriate antibiotic use in the agriculture industry.