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Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and Infectious Diseases Society of America Joint Committee on the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance Guidelines for the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in Hospitals

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

David M. Shlaes*
Wyeth-Ayerst Research, Pearl River, New York
Dale N. Gerding
Veterans' Affairs Lakeside Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Joseph F. John Jr
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
William A. Craig
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans' Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
Donald L. Bornstein
SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, New York
Robert A. Duncan
Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts
William E. Farrer
St Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, New Jersey
William H. Greene
University Hospital, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York
Victor Lorian
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, New York
Stuart Levy
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
John E. McGowan Jr
Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
Sindy M. Paul
New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, New Jersey
Joel Ruskin
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Fred C. Tenover
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Chatrchai Watanakunakorn
St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio
Wyeth-Ayerst Research, 401 N Middletown Rd, Pearl River, NY 10965


Antimicrobial resistance results in increased morbidity, mortality, and costs of health care. Prevention of the emergence of resistance and the dissemination of resistant microorganisms will reduce these adverse effects and their attendant costs. Appropriate antimicrobial stewardship that includes optimal selection, dose, and duration of treatment, as well as control of antibiotic use, will prevent or slow the emergence of resistance among microorganisms. A comprehensively applied infection control program will interdict the dissemination of resistant strains

SHEA Position Paper
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