Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative
What is One Health Antibiotic Stewardship?
Antibiotics are powerful tools for fighting and preventing infections in human and animal health. However, widespread use of antibiotics has resulted in an alarming increase in antibiotic-resistant infections. Antibiotic stewardship consists of coordinated interventions aimed at treating infections while promoting judicious antibiotic use. In turn, responsible use of antibiotics can help reduce the emergence and impact of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. A “One Health” approach recognizes that the health of humans, animals, and the environment is interconnected. Issues like antibiotic stewardship require a collaborative effort across multiple disciplines. By using One Health-oriented communication, Minnesota’s public and professionals will have the awareness needed to think innovatively and responsibly about approaches to optimizing antibiotic use within each health field.
What is judicious antibiotic use? This is a complex question, and the answer differs in each health field. One aspect of judicious use that is common to all fields is the five “D”s: 1) Diagnosis: using an antibiotic only when clinically indicated; 2) Drug: choosing the right antibiotic for the infection and the patient; 3) Dose: giving the right amount of antibiotic; 4) Duration: giving the antibiotic for the right amount of time; and 5) De-escalation: switching to an antibiotic choice that is better-targeted to the infection when possible.
- Learn what antibiotic resistance is, its effect on humans, animals, and the environment, and why One Health Antibiotic Stewardship is important.
- Upcoming meetings, and recognized individuals or facilities from stewardship honor roll.
- Review the state plan and track its progress. Find the latest Minnesota antibiograms (antimicrobial susceptibilities of pathogens) and surveillance data.
- Our collective use leads to antibiotics in the environment. By understanding our antibiotic footprint, we can identify and support wise antibiotic choices.