Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Safely decreasing antibiotic resistance
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Prisma Health Children's Hospital–Midlands was the first aimed at a pediatric population in the state of South Carolina. Our program began as a hospital initiative to encourage the judicial use of antibiotics through two strategies:
- The targeted use of antimicrobials.
- Prospective auditing with intervention and feedback.
Under the leadership of pediatric infectious disease specialist Anna-Kathryn Burch, MD, the program's primary goal is to safely decrease the amount of antibiotics used so that resistance to antibiotics can be decreased.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Prisma Health Children's Hospital–Midlands includes the hospital pharmacy team and works with physicians and the community to help decrease instances where antibiotics are inappropriately given.
We are committed to helping physicians access current and updated information easily, and have developed a reference tool for private pediatricians, family physicians and pediatric residents. Our annual infectious disease handbook is a pocket-sized reference guide with current recommendations. It is a central repository of information, with content specific to Prisma Health Children's Hospital–Midlands.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is here to help guide caregivers in deciding the most appropriate medication and dosage.
Anna-Kathryn Burch, MD, and Rebecca Widener, MD
Rob Daniels, PharmD, and Steven Frazier, PharmD