Collaborative Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Emergency Department

Nicole M. Acquisto, Larissa May

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Given the large number of patients seen in the emergency department (ED) and concerns with antibiotic overprescribing, the ED is an important setting to target for antimicrobial stewardship (AS) initiatives. The ED is positioned between ambulatory and inpatient settings, making AS collaboration with clinicians and other health care providers in the hospital, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory settings critical to success. This article details ED-focused AS strategies on empiric antimicrobial selection, prompt administration, preventing ED return and readmissions, suggested collaborations between ED AS leadership and other key partners, and potential future strategies for expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-127
Number of pages19
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2020


  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Collaboration
  • Emergency department
  • Emergency medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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