Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Activities in Critical Access Hospitals

For U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, Erin O’Leary along with Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, FIDSA, presented the 2019 NHSN Annual Hospital Survey results for the antibiotic stewardship program Core Element uptake. They also provided practical suggestions for enhancing stewardship activities in critical access hospitals. Arjun Srinivasan, MD, FSHEA from CDC’s Division Quality Healthcare Promotion and Natalia Vargas, MPH from HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy presented the goals for the next five years of the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) National Action Plan.