Call to Action to Prevent Emergence and Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

NH Division of Public Health Services Health AlertOn December 13, 2017, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding the first annual statewide antibiogram in New Hampshire.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • NH DPHS is releasing the first annual New Hampshire Statewide antibiogram to track antibiotic resistance patterns, and to provide a tool clinicians can use to guide antibiotic prescribing. Access the 2016 State Antibiogram. We include key clinical messages about treating common infectious syndromes below.
  • Antibiotic prescribing drives the development of resistance; and antibiotic resistant infections are more difficult to treat, require more toxic and costly medications, and patients have worse clinical outcomes as a result.
  • Antibiotic misuse is a problem that requires a multidisciplinary approach to implement antibiotic stewardship initiatives and improve antibiotic prescribing around New Hampshire.
  • To facilitate learning and discussion around these issues, the NH DPHS is hosting a State Antibiotic Resistance Symposium scheduled for May 23, 2018 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. Registration information will be forthcoming.
  • For questions or concerns, or for more information about how to be involved in statewide antibiotic stewardship work, please call (603)- 271-4496 and ask to speak with the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program.

Read the full DHHS alert