Antimicrobial Stewardship and One Health
U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 18-24, 2019
Antibiotics save lives, but remember that they aren’t needed for, and won’t help, colds, flu, bronchitis, and runny noses. Antibiotic use can cause side effects and contribute to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics aren’t always the answer.
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 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals.
Staying Healthy While Working on a Farm, P-01711 (Multiple Languages)
Patient Educational Materials:
- Can I feel better without antibiotics? - 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:
For Health Professionals
Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program
Division of Public Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases