Antimicrobial Stewardship

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.

Six out of Ten People

A One Health approach is important because 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals.

 

 

 

General Information

DHS resources:

Wash your hands!

Staying Healthy while working on a farm

Staying Healthy While Working on a Farm, P-01711 (Multiple Languages)

Partner resources:

For Patients

Patient Educational Materials:

Public Service Announcements Regarding Superbugs and Surgical Infections:

For Health Professionals

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

Last Revised: November 20, 2019