Consensus Statement on Surveillance & Screening for AROs (Antimicrobial-Resistant Organisms)

Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms (AROs) are a serious health problem, though they are more prevalent in some settings than others. We were asked to make findings and develop recommendations on how to address surveillance of and screening for AROs in acute care hospitals. This consensus statement addresses these requests. However, confining the discussion and recommendations to hospitals overlooks some root causes of the problem and potential strategies for improvement at the level of the population. Hospitals are part of a continuum of care and AROs do not respect institutional or community boundaries. While it is critical to prevent the transmission of AROs in hospital, there is also considerable potential to address some problems upstream through more prudent prescribing and consumption in the general population and in the agricultural and aquaculture sectors.

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Publication Type: Consensus Statements

Year of Publication: 2014

Topics: Healthcare Services, Infectious Diseases, Screening, Surveillance

ISBN (print): 978-1-926929-26-2

ISBN (online): 978-1-926929-27-9

ISSN: 2369-6532

ISSN (online): 2369-6540