Antimicrobial Stewardship

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.

Six out of Ten People

A One Health approach is important because six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals.


General Information

Department of Health Services resources:

Wash your hands!


Patient Educational Materials:

Public Service Announcements Regarding Superbugs and Surgical Infections:

Health Professionals

One Health

Contact information:
Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program
Division of Public Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases
Phone: 608-267-7711
Fax: 608-261-4976

Last Revised: February 11, 2021