Antimicrobial stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship is a coordinated program that promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics), improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. Infectious organisms adapt to the antimicrobials designed to kill them, making the drugs ineffective. People infected with antimicrobial-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer, more expensive hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of an infection. This page contains antimicrobial stewardship resources and education for both healthcare professionals and consumers.

The following links are APIC resources on antimicrobial stewardship for healthcare professionals.

Statements and position papers

Implementation guides and tools

Education & training

APIC offers a comprehensive collection of clinical education and professional development programs. The following resources are educational opportunities related to antimicrobial stewardship.

Visit the Education & Certification page for more educational opportunities.

Advocacy activities

APIC has participated in various advocacy activities related to antimicrobial stewardship.

Prevention Strategist articles

The following links include articles on antimicrobial stewardship from APIC’s Prevention Strategist magazine.

AJIC articles

Search the American Journal of Infection Control website for more articles on antimicrobial stewardship. To access these articles, you need to first login to the APIC website.

External resources


The following links are APIC and external resources on antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention for consumers.


External resources