Be Antibiotics Aware Educational Materials Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

November 18, 2021 was the 1st day of Antibiotic Awareness Week.

In observance of U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, CDC encourages healthcare professionals to continue improving antibiotic prescribing and use by using CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware educational materials and sharing them with your colleagues and patients.

These free resources include:

  • Consultant Pharmacy Posters that highlight scenarios where nursing home pharmacists can optimize antibiotic prescribing practices and resident safety.
  • Hospital Discharge Flowchart to inform hospitalists of the four steps that should be taken to ensure appropriate antibiotic prescribing at hospital discharge.
  • Handouts to educate patients and families about when antibiotics are and are not needed:

             o Viruses or Bacteria What’s Got You Sick? 
             o Common Infections in Nursing Homes
             o Watchful Waiting for Ear Infections
             o Common Respiratory Infections: Do You Need Antibiotics?

                   – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

                   – Common Cold

                   – Chest Cold

                   – Flu

To order printed materials:

  • Visit CDC-INFO On Demand
  • In the Programs drop-down menu, select “Antibiotic Use”
  • Click the Search button

To learn more about appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use, visit CDC’s antibiotic use website.