Careful management of antibiotics can save lives
Antibiotic medications are an important tool to treat infections and ailments caused by bacteria. But inappropriate use of antibiotics has been linked to resistance to these drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overuse of antibiotics can lead to the development of “superbugs” that are more difficult to treat effectively. As a leader in urgent care, Doctors Care is committed to an innovative program to ensure that our centers document and improve our practices for prescribing antibiotics. We aim to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care while reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics and preserving the effectiveness of these life-saving drugs. We support and educate our staff as they provide appropriate, research-based antibiotic prescribing in all of our urgent care centers.
Antibiotic Stewardship Commitment Statement from the Urgent Care Association
Doctors Care is committed to doing our part to support and lead the urgent care industry forward in improving its antibiotic prescribing practices to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and preserve the utility of these life-saving drugs. To mitigate these threats and to deliver high-quality care, we are committed to supporting research that will enhance our knowledge of antibiotic prescribing in urgent care, develop innovative urgent care antibiotic stewardship interventions, and build effective resources for urgent care providers and patients. Recognizing the pressing need for action, we are also committed to urgent care antibiotic stewardship efforts that can immediately reduce unnecessary antibiotic use while ensuring patients receive the best care and treatment possible. We are committed to working to develop organizational and collaborative solutions to raise awareness among patients, support the tracking and reporting of antibiotic use, provide ongoing education for urgent care providers and patients about appropriate antibiotic use and the importance of antibiotic stewardship, and implement procedures that support providers to practice evidence-based antibiotic prescribing. Many challenges lie ahead in the fight against antibiotic resistance. It is our ambition to make urgent care a leader in outpatient antibiotic stewardship and in the fight against antibiotic resistance. By working together, we will maximize our chance for success.