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:
- Wash Your Hands! P-01710 (Multiple Languages)
Patient Educational Materials:
- Do I really have a penicillin allergy? - About Health
- Can I feel better without antibiotics? - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Educational materials on appropriate antibiotic use - 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)
- Community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA MRSA) Fact Sheet, P-42185 (Multiple Languages): A fact sheet on CA MRSA with general disease information and prevention measures.
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – FAQ for patients and family members of patients with MRSA.
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Fact Sheet, P-42073 (Multiple Languages): A fact sheet on MRSA with general disease information and precautions to take to prevent MRSA.
- Sepsis - NIH
Public Service Announcements Regarding Superbugs and Surgical Infections:
De-Labeling Penicillin Allergies - AboutHealth
Community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Guidelines for Clinical Management and Control of Transmission, P-42160 (PDF) - Discusses the epidemiology of community-associated MRSA and offers treatment guidance and infection control and prevention measures for both health care and community settings.
Improving Antibiotic Stewardship Video Series - Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network
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
Handwashing after Animal Contact, P-01699 (Multiple Languages)
Staying Healthy While Working on a Farm, P-01711 (Multiple Languages)
Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program
Division of Public Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases