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National Quality Partners. Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; 2016.
Antimicrobial stewardship has been promoted as a strategy to improve patient safety by reducing overuse of antibiotics to prevent hospital-acquired infections. This report draws from the experience of existing programs to summarize practical strategies for implementing initiatives. Core elements include engaging leadership, monitoring effectiveness, and reporting benchmarks.
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Medication appropriateness in vulnerable older adults: healthy skepticism of appropriate polypharmacy.
Fried TR, Mecca MC. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019;67:1123-1127.
Patient age, disease state, and frailty may complicate medication regimens. This review examined the potential for polypharmacy to contribute to harm. The authors recommend a criteria set to be applied to guide clinician decision-making to determine appropriate polypharmacy in older patients to improve safety.
Res Social Adm Pharm. 2019;15:780-810.
Appropriate deprescribing can reduce the risks associated with polypharmacy, overuse, and accidental overdose. Articles in this special issue cover findings from a symposium discussing guidelines for safe discontinuation of medications and research needed to support further understanding of deprescribing practices.