What is Antimicrobial Stewardship? Effective antimicrobial stewardship programs, also known as antimicrobial management programs, have a primary goal of improved patient care. Stewardship includes minimizing inappropriate antimicrobial use while optimizing selection, dosing, route, and duration of therapy in an effort to maximize clinical cure, prevent infections, and limit the emergence of resistance, adverse drug events, and hospital costs.
The Program A comprehensive evidence-based stewardship program was implemented at Baystate Health on January 1, 2011. The program is co-managed by an Infectious Diseases physician and an Infectious Diseases pharmacist in conjunction with the Infectious Diseases, Pharmacy, Microbiology, Epidemiology, Information Services, and Healthcare Quality departments. The program is charged with promotion of the optimal use of antimicrobial agents, reduction of the transmission of infections, and education to healthcare professionals, patients, and the public.