Zumbrota Health Services Continues to Expand Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Zumbrota Health Services has made the commitment to use antibiotics responsibly by putting an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in place. Zumbrota Health Services has been actively working to establish a culture that embraces the proper use of antibiotics in the treatment of infections. By doing so, Zumbrota Health Services hopes to reduce the adverse effects associated with antibiotic use and to minimize the risk of antibiotic resistance (the development of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic medication). Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are harder to kill and can cause harmful complications and untreatable infections. Using antibiotic medication only when truly needed preserves the power of antibiotics and allows for better outcomes. Zumbrota Health Services has put evidenced based practice guidelines in place and has provided education to staff on their Antibiotic Stewardship Program and Infection Prevention and Control Program. Educational resources and materials have been developed for residents and families too. Zumbrota Health Services will continue to work with their medical providers, pharmacy consultants, and entire healthcare team to expand the program and aim for excellence in care.