Extending the Reach of Antimicrobial Stewardship to Pediatric Patients
Guidance for developing and implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs for children is lacking. This review article describes unique considerations for planning antimicrobial management of children that may impact stewardship strategies. A variety of methods and training tools are described along with metrics specific to measuring antibiotic use and outcomes in children. Handshake stewardship is specifically explained and is considered a best practice. Information on stewardship in unique settings, including the neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient settings, are included.
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