How many FTEs are required for successful antibiotic stewardship programs?

A paper published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control reviewed legislative requirements and human resource requirements for antibiotic stewardship programs.

Antimicrobial stewardship experts from across Canada conducted a narrative review of the literature of the regulatory requirements and HR recommendations for stewardship programs. They used a consensus decision-making process to develop HR recommendations based on a 1,000-bed acute care healthcare facility in Canada.

Researchers recommended the following minimum full-time equivalents per 1,000 acute care beds:

• One physician
• Three pharmacists
• 0.5 program administrative and coordination support
• 0.4 data analyst support

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