A Field Guide to Antibiotic Stewardship in Outpatient Settings

This Field Guide provides a collection of implementation strategies, suggestions, and tools designed, tested, and applied by Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) working with a variety of outpatient settings to implement the CDC’s Core Elements for Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship. The Guide is intended for use by outpatient healthcare providers and leaders interested in implementing the Core Elements in their organizations.

Video - Your Role in Using an Antibiotic: Be a Partner in Your Healthcare

This interactive video teaches patients important information about antibiotics. When they are not needed, antibiotics won’t help you, and the side effects could still hurt you. Learn what antibiotics treat and what they do not treat.

Use this video in a physician office waiting room to educate patients today! 

Download the .mp4 file with audio here.

Download the .mp4 file without audio here.

MITIGATE Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit

A guide for practical implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs in adult and pediatric emergency department and urgent care settings

This guide is written for healthcare providers and administrators interested in designing quality improvement programs in antimicrobial stewardship.

This guide outlines how facilities can implement individualized, effective, and practical antimicrobial stewardship programs in acute care (emergency department and urgent care) settings.

For questions or comments pertaining to this toolkit, please contact Dr. Larissa May (larissa.​may@​gmail.​com).

Audit Worksheet for Tracking Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Bronchitis and Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (URI)

The Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) developed an audit worksheet for tracking antibiotic prescribing for acute bronchitis and viral upper respiratory infections (URI). These worksheets can help your providers quantify opportunities to improve antibiotic prescribing for this condition. Not only that, improvement in bronchitis treatment and upper respiratory infection treatment will have a positive impact to your related MIPS and HEDIS measures. Both of these tracking tools can help you answer ​"How many antibiotics are NOT being prescribed" to evaluate cost savings and risk reduction.

Bronchitis self-audit tool (.pdf)

Viral URI self-audit tool (.pdf)