SHEA Applauds White House on Efforts to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance Nationally

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is pleased to see the Obama Administration’s attention and support for addressing antimicrobial resistance – a crisis that has profound impact on how we practice modern medicine.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report, issued today, focuses on the core issues associated with antimicrobial resistance. Most noteworthy is the prominent inclusion on the need to implement strong antimicrobial stewardship programs in all healthcare facilities with an emphasis on antimicrobial use and resistance reporting from all hospitals. The report also recommends collaboration among both public and private institutions, systematic surveillance, research and investment in new antibiotics, and taking steps to reduce antimicrobial use in animals.

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