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Be Antibiotics Aware Be Antibiotics Aware

CDC is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance and the spread of superbugs. To kick off U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, CDC launched Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic prescribing and use.

The new Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take antibiotics appropriately and side effects.

CDC encourages patients and families to:

  • Get the facts about antibiotics. Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as colds and flu, or runny noses, even if the mucus is thick, yellow or green. When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still hurt you.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse about the best way to feel better while your body fights off a virus (pain relievers, fever reducers, saline nasal spray or drops, warm compresses, liquids, and rest may help).

  • If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about your antibiotics, or if you develop any side effects, especially diarrhea since that could be a C. difficile (c. diff) infection, which needs to be treated.

  • Stay healthy and keep others healthy by cleaning hands, covering coughs, staying home when sick, and getting recommended vaccines, for the flu, for example.


Patients and families are encouraged to use the educational materials and learn more about Be Antibiotics Aware by visiting:


Our Goal

Alliant Quality, the Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization for Georgia and North Carolina, invites primary care physician practices, federally-qualified health centers and emergency rooms to join us in these efforts. The goal will focus on increasing the appropriate use of antibiotics for common infections.

Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative Summary One-pager

An Important Update from CMS and CDC on Antibiotic Stewardship

Additional Documents:


Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria stop responding to the drugs designed to kill them – is possibly the single most important infectious disease threat we face today.

    • We risk turning back the clock to a world where simple infections could kill people as they did a century ago.

    • Each year, more than 2 million people in the United States get infections from germs that are resistant to antibiotics– and at least 23,000 people die as a result.

    • C. difficile infections – which can occur after using antibiotics – kill at least another 15,000 Americans a year


Antibiotic Stewardship

The single most important action to slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is for us – every one of us – to improve the way antibiotics are prescribed and used.

    • If we don’t take better care of the antibiotics we have today – if we aren't better stewards of them – we may lose these antibiotics and the next ones that come along.
    • If we lose antibiotics, we also undermine our ability to provide organ transplants, save victims of burns and trauma, and treat patients with sepsis and cancer
    • Antibiotics and everything they support could become obsolete.


Antibiotic stewardship programs and interventions help ensure that patients receive antibiotics only when absolutely necessary; and when they are needed, the correct antibiotic is prescribed in a timely manner at the right dose and duration.

North Carolina High Performers

Georgia High Performers



Aspect of Sustainment Checklist


Provider Resources

New Tool: Quality Improvement Activity Workbook

Fall Marketing Flyer - Be Antibiotics Aware

A Field Guide to Antibiotic Stewardship in Outpatient Settings

Antibiotics Aware Word Search

Interactive Practice Summary Report

Antibiotic Stewardship Statement

Antimicrobial Resistance

Adult Treatment Recommendations

Antibiotic Resistance: The Global Threat

Measuring Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing

Responding to New Forms of Antibiotic Resistance

Frequency of First-line Antibiotic Selection

Prevalence of Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Among US Ambulatory Care Visits, 2010-2011

Commitment Letter

How to Prescribe Fewer Unnecessary Antibiotics

Choosing Wisely How to Disseminate Information for Flu Season

CDC Training on Antibiotic Stewardship



Video: The Story of Peggy Lillis:  The Other Side of Antibiotics


Patient Information and Resources

Prescription Adherence Tool

Preventing and Treating Bronchitis

Antibiotics: Will They Help You or Harm You?

Choosing Wisely: Test & Treatments for UTIs in Older Adults

Choosing Wisely: Treating Sinus Problems

Antibiotic Aren't Always the Answer

Watchful Waiting Patient Information

Symptom Relief for Viral Illness


Video: The Right Tool


Additional Tools

The Core Element of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship

AHRQ 2016 Chartbook on Patient Safety

AHRQ 2016 Quality and Disparities Report

ANA-CDC Antibiotic Stewardship

Georgia State HAI Report

How to Prescribe Fewer Unnecessary Antibiotics

Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements at Small and Critical Access Hospitals

National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

NC HAI Annual Report

2017 CDC Stewardship Report

Evidence Supporting the Core Elements

Bronchitis Abstraction Tool

Pharyngitis Abstraction Tool

Sinusitis Abstraction Tool

Urinary Tract Infection Abstraction Tool



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