The Rational Response to
Superbugs: Antibiotic Stewardship
Last month, scientists announced the discovery of the first patient in the US with an infection that is resistant to our last line of antibiotic defense. Alarmist news headlines followed. In a new essay, IHI Vice President Frank Federico advises a more rational response to growing concerns about antibiotic resistance. “Experts have been working on solutions to antibiotic mismanagement and the threat of so-called ‘superbugs’ for years,” he notes. “We already know what to do. Now is the time to act.” Federico cites a number of resources to help health care providers with their antibiotic stewardship efforts.