Title

Legal implications of antibiotic stewardship programs.

Year of Publication

2020

Number of Pages

757-764

Date Published

2020 07

ISSN Number

1559-6834

Abstract

<p>Infectious diseases professional societies, public health agencies, and healthcare regulatory agencies call for antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP) in many healthcare settings. However, medical legal implications of these programs remain largely uncharted territory. Although there is no legal precedent addressing issues of liability and standards of care on this subject, anticipating how the courts may assess questions of medical liability with respect to the various components of ASPs is important to define best practices in ASP operations, not only to manage the potential risk but also to improve patient care. This article seeks to address some of the common processes and interventions involved in antibiotic stewardship and the potential professional liability implications of these activities.</p>

DOI

10.1017/ice.2020.89

Alternate Title

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol

PMID

32398167

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