Safety program helps hospitals decrease antibiotic use, reduce infections

A new study found that hospitals using an AHRQ safety program decreased their use of antibiotic medications and reduced C. difficile infections. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, found that the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use helped more than 400 hospitals use an Antibiotic Stewardship Program to implement and refine their policies regarding antibiotic use. The program showed a 20 percent reduction in C. difficile infections over a 1-year period and was found to encourage “self-stewardship,” in which front-line clinicians manage their antibiotic use.