In August 2019, the CDC released an update on antibiotic use in the United States. The update includes data on antibiotic stewardship programs and resources, from 2018 studies. The CDC is continuously working to improve antibiotic prescribing and use as a part of the Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.
Antimicrobial resistance is a continually growing threat, a threat that requires a team of minds working towards one common goal. bioMérieux has created a new webinar series to bring together laboratorians and clinicians to share best practices for optimizing diagnostic data and technology with the goal of preserving antibiotics for future generations.
Researchers from the California Department of Health presented data at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) demonstrating that a single highly resistant bacterial strain persisted within the ICU of a northern California hospital for over three years, infecting numerous patients admitted to the ICU.
PCT has become the workhorse diagnostic test for many antibiotic stewardship programs in the U.S. and abroad. The latest issue of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine (CCJM) highlights the important role PCT testing now plays in stewardship.