Antibiotic stewardship has been on the collective Urgent Care “radar” for many years now. Often, clinicians feel “in the middle”, sometimes uncomfortably so, of stressors to adhere to authoritative guideline recommendations, minimize medicolegal risk, and maximize patient satisfaction. In this delicate balance, the potential to be swayed in the wrong direction can seem too great! Focusing on a few simple principles can immensely help clinicians navigate the demands of stewardship. Participate in this session to learn the tips you need to get through your workday feeling good about your antibiotic prescribing practices.
Describe the impact that inappropriate prescribing has had on clinicians' current ability to treat infections commonly cared for in urgent care
Access clinical resources to guide appropriate prescribing on an ongoing basis
Employ effective techniques to improve prescribing practices in oneself and colleagues
Inform patients about the harms of antibiotic use in a balanced fashion
Implement strategies to help patients better accept a decision to forgo antibiotics