Learn About Our Program for Hospitals and Health Systems

UW Health's interdisciplinary AMS team collaborates with hospitals and health systems to optimize antimicrobial utilization through access to ID-trained resources which improve data analysis, optimize the electronic medical record, provide education to reduce ineffective, suboptimal or unnecessary use for hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Ultimately, optimized antimicrobial utilization results in improved patient outcomes, reduced adverse events (including hospital-acquired infections) and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance emergence.


Stewardship programs aim to continuously improve patient care by mitigating adverse reaction risk and encouraging optimal antimicrobial choice. Improving antimicrobial safety and efficacy results in sustainable fiscal gains. In 2017, The Joint Commission required antimicrobial services for hospitals. Beginning in 2020, The Joint Commission will require ambulatory stewardship services for clinics. Maintaining a comprehensive stewardship program will ensure you remain accreditation compliant while improving patient care.


Our comprehensive AMS services can be tailored to the needs of each regional partner hospital or health system to identify opportunities to improve patient outcomes associated with antimicrobial use and achieve compliance with accreditation standards, including CMS conditions of participation and fulfillment of the CDC 7 core elements of hospital antimicrobial stewardship.


CDC 7 Core Elements of Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship

  1. Leadership Commitment
  2. Accountability
  3. Drug Expertise
  4. Action
  5. Tracking
  6. Reporting
  7. Education

Our philosophy is to use evidence-based best practice guidelines to slow the emergence of antimicrobial resistance organisms, reduce antibiotic expenditures, minimize the risk of medication toxicities and adverse drug reactions while improving patient- and family-centered outcomes through improved drug selection, dosing and treatment duration.


Consumer Benefits

  1. Customize levels of service 
  2. Improve patient safety, quality of care
  3. Optimize clinical outcomes
  4. Improve diagnostics
  5. Minimize toxicities and ADEs
  6. Mitigate antimicrobial resistance
  7. Reduce healthcare costs
  8. Compliance with accreditation agencies, like The Joint Commission

Partner with UW Health's AMS Program

  • UW Health was one of the first hospitals in the country to develop an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program service in 2002 and is an established leader in antimicrobial stewardship. This timeline shows our antimicrobial stewardship program's milestones and interventions.
  • UW Health has proven results in outreach stewardship, including significantly reducing broad-spectrum antibiotic use and length of hospital stay.
  • UW Health has successful guideline adaptation and implementation, provider education with significant provider satisfaction

Stewardship Milestones and Interventions

  • 2018: Established a comprehensive ambulatory stewardship committee
  • 2017: UW Health is nationally recognized by the Centers for Disease Control, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and The Joint Commission.
  • 2017: The Joint Commission antimicrobial stewardship standard is in effect
  • 2014: CDC recommends hospitals implement AMS programs to improve antibiotic use
  • 2002: UW Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Established