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Watch the joint news conference on antibiotic stewardship between VHHA, VDH, HQI, and MSV, below.

Antibiotic resistance is a challenge for health care providers and patients. It is estimated that at least two million Americans each year become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, leading to 23,000 deaths. Four leading health care organizations in Virginia – the Virginia Department of Health, the Medical Society of Virginia, Health Quality Innovators, and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association – are collaborating to promote antibiotic stewardship best practices in support of public health and wellbeing. These efforts coincide with the national “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” (Nov. 14-20, 2016) sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When antibiotics lose effectiveness in treating infections, the public faces a risk of having fewer treatment options for serious illnesses. Proper use of the correct antibiotic, when needed, is an important way to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant infections. These four Virginia health care organizations, which have also planned a Feb. 1, 2017 event in downtown Richmond focused on due diligence efforts health care providers can undertake to support antibiotic stewardship program success, and to highlight successful work by hospitals on that front. That event precedes VHHA’s sixth annual Virginia Patient Safety Summit (Feb. 2-3, 2017) in downtown Richmond. The two-day summit focuses on enhanced patient safety, reduced risk of error, and improved effectiveness in health care delivery. This year’s theme is “The Human Factor: Optimizing Safety for Patients and Providers.”

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Learn more about Antibiotic Stewardship at the CDC's Get Smart website: http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/