Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Russ Kauffman


Antimicrobial stewardship; Antibiotic; Resistance


Antimicrobial stewardship has been found to have an impact on resistant organisms, but it has been unclear the importance of how strong those recommendations should be and if more strict or numerous guidelines equals fewer or less resistant organisms. “Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), an organizational or system-wide health-care strategy, is designed to promote, improve, monitor, and evaluate the rational use of antimicrobials to preserve their future effectiveness, along with the promotion and protection of public health. (Majumder et al., 2020)” In reviewing recent peer-reviewed research it can be shown that medical facilities that utilize antimicrobial stewardship guidelines when prescribing antibiotics have less infections that do not respond to antimicrobial therapy. The aim of this review was to look for a trend between the amount of AMS guidelines and the number of resistant infections within medical facilities, and although there can’t be a specific trend-line drawn, there can be inferences made between facilities that do and do not practice AMS. It is up to those within the medical community to utilize best practices, study peer-reviewed literature, and speak with infectious disease professionals to make the decision on whether a situation is appropriate for antibiotic utilization.