Antimicrobial stewardship programs in freestanding children's hospitals.

  title={Antimicrobial stewardship programs in freestanding children's hospitals.},
  author={Adam L. Hersh and Stephen A De Lurgio and Cary W Thurm and Brian R. Lee and Scott J. Weissman and Joshua D. Courter and T V Brogan and Samir Shah and Matthew P. Kronman and Jeffrey S. Gerber and Jason G. Newland},
  volume={135 1},
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Single-center evaluations of pediatric antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) suggest that ASPs are effective in reducing and improving antibiotic prescribing, but studies are limited. Our objective was to compare antibiotic prescribing rates in a group of pediatric hospitals with formalized ASPs (ASP+) to a group of concurrent control hospitals without formalized stewardship programs (ASP-). METHODS We evaluated the impact of ASPs on antibiotic prescribing over… CONTINUE READING