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Commentary

Antimicrobial stewardship programs: mandatory for all ICUs

Marin H Kollef1* and Scott T Micek2

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8052, St Louis, MO 63110, USA

2 Pharmacy Department, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, St Louis, MO 63110, USA

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Critical Care 2012, 16:179  doi:10.1186/cc11853


See related research by Katsios et al., http://ccforum.com/content/16/6/R216

Published: 22 November 2012

Abstract

Antimicrobial stewardship involves a multifaceted approach aimed at combating the emergence of antibiotic resistance, improving patient outcomes, and controlling healthcare costs by optimizing antimicrobial use. Therefore, stewardship is of great importance and relevance in the ICU. The rapid pace of escalating antibiotic resistance and the widespread use of antibiotics in critical care require that stewardship programs be routinely employed in the ICU setting.