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A new accreditation requirement from The Joint Commission (TJC) calls for ambulatory care centers to institute antimicrobial stewardship programs.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, outpatient facilities that “routinely prescribe antimicrobial medications” must have programs in place to combat antibiotic misuse, which promotes antibiotic resistance, according to a report from TJC released on June 20. The accrediting body already requires similar programs for hospitals and long-term care facilities. The report from TJC outlines five new requirements for ambulatory care facilities:
“The inappropriate use of antimicrobial medications contributes to antibiotic resistance and adverse drug events,” TJC said upon releasing the report. “Improving antimicrobial prescribing practices is a patient safety priority.”
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