Food and health stakeholders discuss antibiotic resistance at the White House.

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

August 19, 2015

In early June, representatives from farming and healthcare convened at the White House to discuss a common thread that links the two industries: antibiotic resistance.

The discussion was part of the Obama Administration’s “White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship,” which included more than 150 food companies, retailers, and human and animal health stakeholders, according to a press release.
Although headlines focused on the president’s memorandum directing federal agencies to require meant and poultry production to adhere to appropriate antibiotic usage, a number of health systems also joined the conversation to discuss stewardship efforts. For example, Ascension Health will require all hospitals in the system to adopt the CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs and submit resistant data to the CDC.

Continue reading this article along with coverage on the link between fewer medication and fewer errors, a call for policy changes to reduce never events in the Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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