Antimicrobial Stewardship and One Health
Antimicrobial stewardship (AS) is a coordinated program that promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics), improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections, caused by multidrug-resistant organisms, commonly known as superbugs.
AS is part of a larger concept of One Health, which is the recognition that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. The goal of One Health is to encourage the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines—working locally, nationally, and globally—to achieve the best health for people, animals, and our environment.
In Wisconsin, this coordinated effort involves partnerships with health care providers, patients, families, pharmacists, health care facilities, clinical laboratories, local health departments, health care associations throughout the continuum of care, veterinarians, producers, and industry.
A One Health approach is important because six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals.
Department of Health Services resources:
Staying Healthy While Working on a Farm, P-01711 (Multiple Languages)
Patient Educational Materials:
- Do I really have a penicillin allergy? - AboutHealth
- Can I feel better without antibiotics? - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae - Patient and Family Information Pamphlet, P-00486 (Multiple Languages)
- Clostridium difficile fact sheet, P-42039 (PDF)
- Community Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) - Patient and Family Information Pamphlet, P-42170 (Multiple Languages)
- Sepsis - NIH
Public Service Announcements Regarding Superbugs and Surgical Infections:
De-Labeling Penicillin Allergies - AboutHealth
Veterinary Checklist for Antimicrobial Stewardship - American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Resources and Print Materials - Minnesota Department of Health
Handbook of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Veterinary Settings - University of Minnesota
Checklist for Core Principle Implementation - Basic - University of Minnesota
Checklist for Core Principle Implementation - Intermediate - University of Minnesota
Checklist for Core Principle Implementation - Advanced - University of Minnesota
Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program
Division of Public Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases