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Date ArticleType
2/2/2016 Regulatory
New CDC Recommendations for Antibiotic Prescription Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made new recommendations for nursing homes to continue to improve antibiotic prescribing practices by reducing overuse, causing negative consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections.

• Antibiotics are the most frequently prescribed medications in nursing homes.
• Up to 70 percent of residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics during a year.
• Up to 75 percent of antibiotics prescribed in nursing homes are given incorrectly, meaning either the drug is unnecessary or the prescription is for the wrong drug, dose, or duration.
• People infected with antimicrobial-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer, more expensive hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of an infection.

Click here to learn more about the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes.