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Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and Infectious Diseases Society of America Joint Committee on the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance: Guidelines for the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in Hospitals

David M. Shlaes, Dale N. Gerding, Joseph F. John, William A. Craig, Donald L. Bornstein, Robert A. Duncan, Mark R. Eckman, William E. Farrer, William H. Greene, Victor Lorian, Stuart Levy, John E. McGowan, Sindy M. Paul, Joel Ruskin, Fred C. Tenover and Chatrchai Watanakunakorn

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 25, issue 3, pages 584-599
Published in print September 1997 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 1997 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/513766
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and Infectious Diseases Society of America Joint Committee on the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance: Guidelines for the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in Hospitals

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Antimicrobial resistance results in increased morbidity, mortality, and costs of health care. Prevention of the emergence of resistance and the dissemination of resistant microorganisms will reduce these adverse effects and their attendant costs. Appropriate antimicrobial stewardship that includes optimal selection, dose, and duration of treatment, as well as control of antibiotic use, will prevent or slow the emergence of resistance among microorganisms. A comprehensively applied infection control program will interdict the dissemination of resistant strains.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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