Alliant Quality, the Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization for Georgia and North Carolina, invites primary care physician practices, federally-qualified health centers and emergency rooms to join us in these efforts. The goal will focus on increasing the appropriate use of antibiotics for common infections.
Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria stop responding to the drugs designed to kill them – is possibly the single most important infectious disease threat we face today.
We risk turning back the clock to a world where simple infections could kill people as they did a century ago.
Each year, more than 2 million people in the United States get infections from germs that are resistant to antibiotics– and at least 23,000 people die as a result.
C. difficile infections – which can occur after using antibiotics – kill at least another 15,000 Americans a year
The single most important action to slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is for us – every one of us – to improve the way antibiotics are prescribed and used.
- If we don’t take better care of the antibiotics we have today – if we aren't better stewards of them – we may lose these antibiotics and the next ones that come along.
- If we lose antibiotics, we also undermine our ability to provide organ transplants, save victims of burns and trauma, and treat patients with sepsis and cancer
- Antibiotics and everything they support could become obsolete.
Antibiotic stewardship programs and interventions help ensure that patients receive antibiotics only when absolutely necessary; and when they are needed, the correct antibiotic is prescribed in a timely manner at the right dose and duration.