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Updates and News from the Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative

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Updates and News from the Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative
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Updates and News from the Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative

January 25, 2018

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Stewardship quiz? You betcha!

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There are more than ____ medication collection boxes at law enforcement facilities and pharmacies in MN.


a. 24

b. 120

c. 240

d. 420

The answer is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Update from Your Minnesota Stewardship Collaborative

Annual Meeting of the Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative Was a Terrific Success!

The Collaborative joined together on January 11, 2018, to discuss 2017 progress and to set the 2018 course.

  • Look for the summary of the meeting and 2017 activities in the February email bulletin.

Thank you to the outgoing 2016-2017 work group Chairs!

  • Kimberly Boeser, PharmD, MPH,Fairview Health Services, Chair of the Antibiotic Footprint Work Group
  • Ayesha Rashid, MD,Saint Paul Infectious Disease Associates, Chair of the Health Care Stewardship Work Group
  • Beth Thompson, JD, DVM,Minnesota Board of Animal Health, Chair of the Animal Health Stewardship Work Group
  • Sara Vetter, PhD,Minnesota Department of Health, Chair of the One Health Engagement Work Group
One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative Meeting Attendees

Minnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll for Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Apply byFebruary 28, 2018, to be included in the inaugural list of Honor Roll facilities.
  • Apply anytime. Annually renewable. After the inaugural list, new facilities will be added quarterly.
  • Visit theMinnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll websitefor more information and to apply for this three-tiered recognition program!

Save the Date!2018Minnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Conference for Healthcare Professionals

  • The conference will be onMay 1, 2018, and is supported by Minnesota Department of Health, Stratis Health, and Minnesota Hospital Association.
  • This year, the full-day conference will focus on ambulatory care settings! Content will be relevant to primary care clinics, emergency and urgent care departments, dental clinics, and other care settings where outpatient antibiotics are prescribed.
  • Last year's conference focus was long-term care, and materials can still be accessed.2017 MN Antibiotic Stewardship Conference
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News to Note

Australia Makes Impact on Respiratory Tract Infection Prescribing

FDA Releases New Tool to Improve Antibiotic Use

Study Quantifies Strong Link Between Patient Confusion and Antibiotic Prescribing for Geriatric UTIs

World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has Released Second Annual Report on Antimicrobial Agents Intended for Use in Animals

  • 147 countries submitted data to OIE.
  • Report describes complexities of the task to measure antimicrobial use across livestock sectors, countries, regions, and the globe.
  • A biomass denominator has been calculated for expression of antimicrobial use in terms of the volume of animal production.
  • Access the report.OIE Annual report on antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals

Danish Study Identifies Positive Impact of National Antibiotic Guidelines on Prescribing in Small Animal Practice

NewClinical Infectious DiseasesArticle Highlights Need for One Health Approach to Antibiotic Resistance in Low and Middle-Income Countries

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Upcoming Events

May 1, 2018: Annual MN Antibiotic Stewardship Conference

  • This year, the full-day conference will be committed to antibiotic stewardship in ambulatory care settings.
  • Stay tuned for registration and continuing education information.

Antibiotic Resistance: Policy Challenges and Solutions Lecture Series

Quiz Answer!

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b. 240 medication disposal containersin Minnesota law enforcement and pharmacy locations

Antibiotics used in health care and animal health have been found in lakes, rivers, and streams throughout Minnesota. Properly disposing of unused medications, including antibiotics, is an important way to prevent contamination of our water supply. Never flush medicine down the drain or toilet and do not put them in the trash.

With over 240 medication collection boxes at law enforcement facilities and pharmacies throughout Minnesota, it is easy to properly dispose of unused medications in the home. These collection sites do not charge disposal fees and accept all medicines from households (prescription, over-the-counter, liquid, solid, pet medicines). Find a take-back location near you by visitingManaging Unwanted Medications.


Learn more about how theMinnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborativeis addressing this problem. Read thefact sheetAntibiotics and the Environment: What You Should Know.


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