Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements at Small and Critical Access Hospitals

Author: 
American Hospital Association (AHA),
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
The Pew Charitable Trusts

This document provides guidance on practical strategies to implement antibiotic stewardship programs in small and critical access hospitals (CAH). It was developed as a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Hospital Association, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The suggestions provided here are based on discussions with staff in small hospitals and CAHs, several of which have implemented all of the CDC Core Elements described within this document.