Antibiotic Stewardship Program Summary of Core Elements
Leadership Commitment: Dedicating necessary human, financial, and information technology
Accountability: Appointing a single leader responsible for program outcomes. Experience with
successful programs show that a physician leader is effective.
Drug Expertise: Appointing a single pharmacist leader responsible for working to improve
Action: Implementing at least one recommended action, such as systemic evaluation of ongoing
treatment needs after a set period of initial treatment. For example, have an “antibiotic time out” after 48
Tracking: Monitoring antibiotic prescribing and resistance patterns.
Reporting: Regular reporting information on antibiotic use and resistance to doctors, nurses,
and relevant staff.
Education: Educating clinicians about resistance and optimal prescribing.