Previous antibiotic stewardship programs have demonstrated successful patient outcomes in hospitalized patients. Current research reveals that outpatient pediatric patients continue to receive antibiotics for conditions where they are not indicated. All Urgent Care providers are in a unique position to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics by increasing their awareness of appropriate antibiotic practices. Antibiotic stewardship involves treating bacterial infections with appropriate narrow-spectrum antibiotics, prescribing accurate therapeutic dosages, and recognizing inaccurate information circulated on social media/cyberspace that influence patients and families to request unnecessary antibiotics. This course will provide current antibiotic stewardship recommendations for pediatric UCC patients. In addition, an overview of UCA antibiotic stewardship initiatives will be reviewed.
Urgent Care Association