Antibiotic Stewardship Task Force

Who We Are

The focus of the AAEM Antibiotic Stewardship Task Force is to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in the emergency department through use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Be Antibiotics Aware campaign.




Task Force Chair: Michael Pulia, MD MS FAAEM

Board Liaison: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM


Our Projects

Emergency Medicine Antibiotic Stewardship Pledge

AAEM’s Develops Antibiotic Stewardship Pledge to Support CDC's Global Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge
In honor of U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (#USAAW18), AAEM has announced it will join the CDC's Global Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge by reaffirming our commitment to improving emergency department antibiotic stewardship. AAEM is the leading organization in emergency medicine around issues of responsible antibiotic use having established a task force in 2015 as part of the White House One Health summit. Building upon these efforts, AAEM has developed the Antibiotic Stewardship Pledge by which emergency care providers can affirm their commitment to being stewards of this precious public health resource. The spread of antibiotic resistance one of the greatest global health issues of our time, and is threatening our progress in health care, food security, and life expectancy.

Join AAEM in the year-long #AMRChallenge today by pledging your commitment today #BeAntibioticsAware



Be Antibiotics Aware

The Antibiotic Stewardship Task Force participates in the Be Antibiotics Aware campaign each year, spreading educational materials for patients and providers on the appropriate use of antibiotics. In addition, The Task Force is responsible for other CDC antibiotics use promotions throughout the year.



Emergency Department and Urgent Care Stewardship Toolkit

The MITIGATE (A Multifaceted Intervention to Improve Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Infection for Adults and Children in Emergency Department and Urgent Care Settings) toolkit is intended as a "gold standard," step by step implementation guide for health care providers and administrators interested in designing quality improvement programs in antimicrobial stewardship in emergency department (ED) and urgent care healthcare settings. When implemented as written, the toolkit will fulfill the CDC Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship. For more background information on the toolkit visit the SHEA website.


Be Antibiotics Aware Week

Be Antibiotics Aware Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotic Prescribing and Use in Doctor’s Offices
Spanish Language Resource

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. Antibiotics are also commonly used for promoting growth in food animals, one type of use that is not necessary.

Campaign Objectives

  • Promoting adherence to appropriate prescribing guidelines among providers
  • Decreasing demand for antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections among healthy adults and parents of young children
  • Increasing adherence to prescribed antibiotics for upper respiratory infections.


Article Resources

Antimicrobial Stewardship for Outpatients: Progress, But a Long Way to Go

Antimicrobial stewardship in the ED ripples outward into the rest of the hospital. “The ED is the nexus of the [United States] health care system. 20% of the US population goes to an ED each year. ED visits trigger about 75% of all hospital admissions and about 30% of acute care visits. Antibiotics are administered in about 25% of the nearly 35 million ED visits annually in the United States, making them the second most common category of drug used in the US health care system,” said Michael Pulia, MD FAAEM, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, in his session.

AAEM Works for Antibiotic Stewardship on the National Stage (PDF)

Michael S. Pulia, MD FAAEM
Chair, AAEM Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force

As a participant in the White House forum, AAEM strengthened its national leadership role and committed to improving antibiotic stewardship in the ED over the next five years with seven initiatives. Read the article above for full details.

Antibiotic Stewardship 101: An Intro for Emergency Physicians (PDF)

Michael Pulia, MD FAAEM; Stephan Liang, MD; Larissa S. May; MD MSPH

  • Background
  • Antibiotic Stewardship Defined
  • CDC Partners with AAEM
  • Top 10 Ways to Improve Stewardship in Your ED


Podcast Resources

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)


CDC Resources

Resources for Health Care Providers

Improving Prescribing

Resources for the Public - What Everyone Should Know

Antibiotic Resistance Fast Facts




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