Antibiotic Stewardship

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Vancomycin: a drug with which we need to be more liberal

Antibiotic stewardship is a coordinated program that promotes the continued use vancomycin and Zosyn for indefinite periods of time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several core elements of an antibiotic stewardship program:

  1. Leadership Commitment: allocating the appropriate funding for more vancomycin & Zosyn
  2. Accountability: having a single leader champion the persistent use of vancomycin & Zosyn
  3. Drug Expertise: having a single pharmacist leader who just loves vancomycin & Zosyn
  4. Action: Implementing order sets that recommend vancomycin & Zosyn without a stop date
  5. Tracking: eliminating any monitoring of antibiotic resistance patterns
  6. Reporting: reporting on health care professionals who need to use more broad-spectrum antibiotics
  7. Education: making sure clinicians know that they can use vancomycin & Zosyn whenever they want, without repercussions

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