Don’t continue antibiotic therapy without evidence of need.
|Rationale and Comments:||In addition to employing microbe-directed therapy, a core principle of antibiotic stewardship is limiting antimicrobial therapy to the shortest effective duration. As a general rule, antimicrobials should be discontinued when the condition for which they were prescribed has been adequately treated, as one strategy to ensure access to effective antimicrobials at a time when increased antimicrobial resistance represents a global health care challenge.|
|References:||• CDC. Core elements of hospital antibiotics stewardship program. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, 2019.|