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VOLUME 24 , ISSUE 9 ( September, 2020 ) > List of Articles


Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in Critical Care—Need of the Hour

Keywords : Antibiotics, Antimicrobial resistance, Antimicrobial stewardship program, Antimicrobials, Critical care, Infections, Resistance

Citation Information : Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in Critical Care—Need of the Hour. Indian J Crit Care Med 2020; 24 (9):847-854.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23557

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 17-10-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Maximum antibiotic usage within hospitals occurs in critical care areas. Reasons for this usage are the moribund state of patients, invasive devices, and protocol based necessity for empiric antibiotic initiation in most critical conditions. Although unavoidable, prudent use of antibiotics (empiric and therapeutic) should be tailored based on national or if available, unit-based hospital antibiogram. This forms the footstool of every antibiotic policy formulated at tertiary care hospitals. Strict adherence to antibiotic policy formulated based on hospital antibiogram largely benefits patients and hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship is ensured. The necessity, benefits, key targets, and usefulness of antimicrobial stewardship program (AMSP) in critical care has been elaborated in this review.

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