United Hospital Fund sponsored a grant-funded initiative to support a learning collaborative that involved New York area hospitals and health systems working to improve outpatient antibiotic prescribing practices. In Phase II of the UHF grant-funded Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative, the seven participating health care institutions and 34 outpatient practices were able to bring down overall antibiotic prescribing rates for upper respiratory infections by 5 percentage points.  

In the linked videos below, participants Luigi Tullo, MD, of MediSys Health Network, Jonathan Arend, MD, of Mt. Sinai Health System, and George Rodriguez, PharmD, of NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, discuss the antibiotic stewardship practices they have implemented, lessons learned, and next steps for their institution.

Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Participants Discuss What They’ve Learned

UHF spoke with three participants in the Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship initiative to discuss what they learned; click below to see videos.

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Antibiotic Stewardship for Acute Respiratory Infections: The Milstein Toolkit for Ambulatory Care Practices
Assessment tools and interventions to decrease inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in ambulatory settings

The Milstein Toolkit features a patient survey, translated into six languages, that can be used to assess patient knowledge of antibiotic resistance and proper antibiotic use. Also included in the toolkit are helpful hints for using the various assessment tools.

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