American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force

Be Antibiotics Aware Week - November 13-19, 2017

Be Antibiotics Aware Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotic Prescribing and Use in Doctor’s Offices
Spanish Language Resource

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. Antibiotics are also commonly used for promoting growth in food animals, one type of use that is not necessary.

Campaign Objectives: 

  • Promoting adherence to appropriate prescribing guidelines among providers
  • Decreasing demand for antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections among healthy adults and parents of young children
  • Increasing adherence to prescribed antibiotics for upper respiratory infections.

Antimicrobial Stewardship for Outpatients: Progress, But a Long Way to Go

Antimicrobial stewardship in the ED ripples outward into the rest of the hospital. “The ED is the nexus of the [United States] health care system. 20% of the US population goes to an ED each year. ED visits trigger about 75% of all hospital admissions and about 30% of acute care visits. Antibiotics are administered in about 25% of the nearly 35 million ED visits annually in the United States, making them the second most common category of drug used in the US health care system,” said Michael Pulia, MD FAAEM, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, in his session.


AAEM Works for Antibiotic Stewardship on the National Stage (PDF)

Michael S. Pulia, MD FAAEM
Chair, AAEM Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force

As a participant in the White House forum, AAEM strengthened its national leadership role and committed to improving antibiotic stewardship in the ED over the next five years with seven initiatives. Read the article above for full details.


Antibiotic Stewardship 101: An Intro for Emergency Physicians (PDF)

Michael Pulia, MD FAAEM; Stephan Liang, MD; Larissa S. May; MD MSPH

  • Background
  • Antibiotic Stewardship Defined
  • CDC Partners with AAEM
  • Top 10 Ways to Improve Stewardship in Your ED


Podcast Resources

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)

Resources for Health Care Providers

Improving Prescribing

Resources for the Public - What Everyone Should Know

Antibiotic Resistance Fast Facts