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National shortage of Tamiflu (oseltamivir)

Pharmacies are experiencing a national shortage of oseltamivir suspension and capsules and very few doses remain available. Oseltamivir can be…


Antibiotic Use Tracking Resources and Guidance

Tracking antibiotic use is a core antimicrobial stewardship activity that provides the necessary data to guide stewardship interventions and improve…


Minimizing the Impact of Antimicrobial Resistance

A Summary of the 2020-2025 CDC National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Health and life expectancy in the US…


Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Assessment Tool

Due to the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, antibiotic stewardship is a vital function within healthcare systems to ensure that…


Why Antimicrobial Stewardship Matters: A Summary of the 2019 CDC Report on Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the US

Source: CDC Antibiotic Threats in the United States, 2019. Available from: In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and…


Guidance for the Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) are one of the most commonly used classes of drugs, due in part to their presumed…


CDC Updates Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

In November 2019, CDC revised the Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs to provide an updated framework to assist…


The State of Antimicrobial Stewardship In the U.S. and Nebraska

Antimicrobial stewardship is the coordinated efforts to prescribe antimicrobial appropriately and consume antimicrobial responsibly in order to maximize clinical outcomes…


Educational Activities for US Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019

Next week (November 18-24, 2019) has been designated as the U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week.  In recognition of this week-long observance…


Governor Pete Ricketts Proclaims November 18-24 Antibiotic Awareness Week in Nebraska

Front row, left to right: Dr. Tom Safranek (State Epidemiologist, NE DHHS), Dr. Janine Fromm (Executive Medical Director, NE DHHS),…


Are You Antibiotic Aware? The U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 18-24, 2019

The US Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is set to take place during the week of November 18 to 24 this…


CMS Finalized New Conditions of Participation for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

On September 30th, 2019, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized a new set of Conditions of Participation for…


Five New Tools for the Month of May

A number of new tools have been posted during the month of May.  A brief description of each tool is…

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