"Superbugs": Antimicrobial Resistance
- Antibiotic resistance in Minnesota 2013 (PDF: 44KB/2 pages)
Fact sheet about antibiotic resistance in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Guide for Comprehensive Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
This new guide will include infrastructure, strategies, and resources for developing an antimicrobial stewardship program.
- Get Smart about Antibiotics
CDC campaign to increase awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Antimicrobial-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
An increasing number of patients are being seen with skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that are resistant to many antibiotics.
MRSA | VISA and VRSA
- Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
MDH is concerned about the emergence of highly resistant bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in Minnesota.
About CRE | Surveillance Case Definiton and Reporting | Laboratory Testing and Protocols | Recommendations for Acute and Long-term Acute Care Hospitals | Recommendations for Long-term Care Facilities | Other Guidelines and Resources
- Clostridium Difficile
Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis.
About C. Difficile | Clinical Information | Infection Prevention | Testing and Treatment | Surveillance and Reporting | Guidelines and References | Changing Epidemiology
- Antimicrobial Susceptibilities of Selected Pathogens
Also known as the antibiogram, includes a compilation of antimicrobial susceptibilities of selected pathogens that have been submitted to the MDH Public Health Laboratory.
More about antibiotic use
- Stop Antibiotic Misuse in Minnesota (MARC)
Antibiotics are powerful medicines for fighting infections, but they don't cure every illness. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed - or not completing the prescription given by your child's health care provider - can even be harmful. This website is the Minnesota Antibiotic Resistance Collaborative (MARC) campaign to educate about proper antibiotic use. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
CDC's frequently asked questions about antibiotic resistance. Attention: Non-MDH link.
- Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance
CDC’s website for all antibiotic resistance activities including: general information on drug-resistant pathogens, educational campaign resources, and laboratory testing and training resources. Attention: Non-MDH link.
- Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Settings
The CDC's campaign to prevent antimicrobial resistance aims to prevent antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings. The campaign centers on four main strategies: prevent infection, diagnose and treat infection, use antimicrobials wisely, and prevent transmission. Attention: Non-MDH link.
- Minimum Criteria for Initiation of Antibiotics in Long-Term Care Residents
Poster with minimum criteria for initiation of antibiotics in Long-Term Care residents.
Antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory infections in kids younger than 15 years of age account for 58% of all antibiotics prescribed, yet most of these acute respiratory infections do not require antibiotic treatment. The good news is that many patients may benefit more from symptomatic therapy.
Antibiotics are powerful tools for fighting bacterial illnesses
(like Strep throat),
but they DO NOT work for viral illnesses
(like the common cold or flu).