ANTIBIOTIC STEWARDSHIP

Urgent care centers treat more than 160 million patients each year, the vast majority of whom present with acute, infectious disease-related symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, and fever. The Urgent Care Association and College of Urgent Care Medicine recognize the important role our clinicians play in the responsible prescription and preservation of antibiotics while focusing on the health of patients. We are committed to ensuring urgent care medicine supports the White House National Strategy for Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. 

Join us... Read it - Sign it - Live it

Many challenges lie ahead in the fight against antibiotic resistance and urgent care should be a leader in antibiotic stewardship and in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Commit to safeguarding antibiotics for future generations by signing the Antibiotic Stewardship Commitment. 

The commitment can be signed by organizations, those who work in healthcare, or any citizens who are ready to assist in combating this global issue.

Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation (for clinics)

UCA and CUCM offer an Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program for urgent care centers that demonstrate a commitment to responsible prescribing practices for antibiotics. Learn more.  

 

An Industry Quality Monitor

“In 2019, 98% or our survey respondents indicated they have at least one monitor in place to oversee antibiotic prescribing. The most frequently cited activity was analyzing diagnostic codes (e.g., bronchitis) and determining if a prescribed antibiotic was appropriate. Most urgent care centers are also using in office communications to educate patients and family members.”