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We're in Atlanta this weekend, where Extending the Cure and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Get Smart for Healthcare campaign are hosting a meeting on inpatient antimicrobial use.

The goal is optimizing antibiotic use in health care facilities so that susceptible bugs don't become resistant.

We're asking how we shift the justification for antimicrobial stewardship programs away from reducing drug costs and toward improving quality of care. We're trying to determine the barriers to implementing successful programs and how these can be overcome. What are the outcomes--both positive and negative--that should be measured in evaluating a stewardship program once adopted? How do we define "appropriate" antibiotic use in a way that's measurable? And where is further research necessary?

A summary of the meeting will be available, but feel free to contact me in the meantime with any questions.