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 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals.
- Handwashing after Animal Contact, P-01699 (PDF) - Hmong P-01699h (PDF) - Spanish P-01699s (PDF)
- Wash Your Hands!, P-01710 (PDF) - Hmong P-01710h (PDF) - Spanish P-01710s (PDF)
- Staying Healthy While Working on a Farm, P-01711 (PDF) - Hmong P-01711h (PDF) - Spanish P-01711s (PDF)
Patient Educational Materials:
- Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae - Patient and Family Information Pamphlet, P-00486 (PDF) - Hmong P-00486h (PDF) - Spanish P-00486s (PDF)
- Help Prevent Surgical Site Infections - Patient and Family Information Pamphlet, P-01228 (PDF)
- Community Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) - Patient and Family Information Pamphlet, P-42170 (PDF, 158 KB) - Spanish P-42170s
- Clostridium difficile fact sheet, P-42039 (PDF)
- Sepsis - NIH
- Surgical Infections - CDC
- How Antibiotic Resistance Happens - CDC
Public Service Announcements Regarding Superbugs and Surgical Infections: