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Antibiotic Stewardship

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Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Stewardship (AS)

Antimicrobial stewardship is a coordinated program that promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics), improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.


The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, more than two million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant organisms and approximately 23,000 of these infections result in death annually.[1]

In U.S acute care hospitals, it is estimated that 20-50% of all antibiotics prescribed are either unnecessary or inappropriate.[2] Through the promotion of evidence-based antibiotic stewardship programs we can improve individual patient outcomes, reduce overall burden of antibiotic resistance, and decrease healthcare costs.[3]

Advisory Committees

Application submission period for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Regional Advisory Committees has ended. DSHS is in the process of establishing the committees. Check back here for future updates.

U.S. Antibiotic Stewardship Awareness Week

November 18 – 24th, 2022

Join Texas DSHS Antibiotic Stewardship Program in supporting the CDC’s observance of the U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) - November 18-24, 2022. This week-long observance highlights the steps everyone can take to improve antibiotic prescribing and use.

  1. CDC. Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2013.
  2. CDC. Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at
  3. Dellit TH, Owens RC, McGowan JE, Jr., et al. Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America guidelines for developing an institutional program to enhance antimicrobial stewardship. Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Jan 15 2007;44(2):159-177.
Last updated November 15, 2022