Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Goals and Guiding Principles
- To use the best available evidence to develop tools and resources that support acute and community care organizations in evaluating and measuring antibiotic use.
- To evaluate best practices and methods that support antibiotic stewardship practices in acute settings and employ this program's evaluative results in developing a sustainable, practical and meaningful ASP that all acute care facilities in Ontario will implement.
- To assess how best to support antimicrobial stewardship principles across the spectrum of care and the linkages between acute and community settings, particularly in smaller and rural Ontario communities, and implement an ASP for those settings.
- To support the newly-developed provincial ASP for preventing and reducing antimicrobial resistance and for sustaining appropriate antimicrobial use through a knowledge exchange strategy.
- Recognition that hospitals are characterized by varying levels of size, incidence of antibiotic resistant organisms and infrastructure of clinical resources.
- Understanding that a community-based ASP will complement and reinforce the hospital ASP dimensions, especially in communities where the overlap between community primary care physicians and hospital physician staff is considerable.
- Involving key partners in all aspects of program planning, implementation and evaluation will strengthen and ensure relevance and feasibility of an ASP in Ontario.