Antimicrobial Stewardship

Why Should You Act?

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 2 million patients develop healthcare-associated infections each year, and approximately 88,000 die as a direct or indirect result of their infections.
  • An estimated 250,000 episodes of CRBSI occur annually in U.S. hospitals with approximately 90% occurring with central venous catheters.
  • The attributable cost of Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSI) has been calculated to be as high as $29,000 per case with a 7-day average increase in length-of-stay.

The Role of the Hospitalist: Lead, coordinate or participate in measures which minimize development of CRSBIs. By preventing hospital-acquired infections, hospitalists can improve patient outcomes while reducing antimicrobial resistance. More Like This.

Fundamental Principle: Most episodes of CRBSI are preventable by standardizing an approach and adhering to just a few readily available steps.

Antimicrobial Resistance Resource Room Project Team

This resource is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from the CDC