Public Health Ontario (PHO) has identified and described 32 antimicrobial stewardship tools, interventions and activities (collectively termed “strategies”) that can be used to streamline and improve antimicrobial use and educate prescribers. Health care institutions can employ these strategies to help build, grow and enhance their antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP). PHO has described each strategy, its advantages, disadvantages, metrics, and provided supporting references, resources, and tools, including examples from Canadian hospitals.
Many factors will influence which strategies an institution chooses to implement, including its size, patient population, culture and priorities, and resources.
To learn more about the development of the criteria, please refer to the Antimicrobial Stewardship Strategy Criteria Reference Guide.
PHO would like to acknowledge and thank the health care
professionals who provided advice during the development of this resource, reviewed
the documents, and/or generously provided examples of tools and guidelines from
their institutions to support the stewardship strategies.
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developed a novel or useful tool that supports one of the antimicrobial
stewardship strategies? If so, and you would like to share it, please