The CDPH skilled nursing facility (SNF) antibiotic stewardship program (ASP) toolkit compiles resources for California SNF to implement ASP. The toolkit can be used by SNF medical directors, administrators, directors of nursing or staff development, infection preventionists, pharmacy consultants, and any other staff seeking guidance, resources, and practical examples for developing ASP practices.
ASP optimize the treatment of infections and reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. Improving antibiotic use can reduce adverse events including Clostridium difficile infections, prevent emergence of resistance, and lead to better outcomes for SNF residents.
In California, all SNF are required by law to implement an antibiotic stewardship policy consistent with guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, or similar recognized professional organizations. This toolkit is aligned with the CDC “Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes (PDF)". The toolkit includes recommendations for implementing the core elements, as well as webinar recordings, examples and tools shared by SNF.
ASP training is available through various continuing educations programs including those offered by: