Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Under the direction of Nicholas Bennett, MBBChir, PhD, and Jennifer Girotto, PharmD, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is a collaborative effort among several of Connecticut Children’s clinical specialties, the infectious disease prevention team and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine department
of microbiology.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program aims to strengthen and optimize the use of antimicrobials (antibiotics) prescribed to children admitted to the hospital. The purpose of the program is to measure and promote the correct use of antimicrobials by selecting the appropriate drug, dose, duration and method of administration in an effort to improve patient outcomes while minimizing toxicity and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial stewardship plays a critical role in the control of Clostridium difficile infections and the emergence of multidrug resistant organisms.

Connecticut Children’s antimicrobial stewardship efforts include a variety of quality initiatives, education, and the analysis of resistance patterns and prescribing trends.