We're All in This Together: Antimicrobial Stewardship Across the Health System

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Misuse of antimicrobials increases lengths of stay, emergence of resistant bacteria, health care costs, and likelihood of drug-related adverse events. Since the 1990s, antimicrobial stewardship efforts have progressively become more collaborative, emphasizing a systemwide approach. Most recently, the Joint Commission announced that effective January 1, 2020, its medication management guidelines will apply to the ambulatory care setting. During this session, presenters will explore the important role of a systemwide approach to antimicrobial stewardship—including business implications—and provide advice on implementation.

This session is eligible for general ACPE credit only. If you are looking to earn BCACP recertification credit for this session, the Ambulatory Care Trending Topics recertification package will be available on May 15th.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. List integral elements related to antimicrobial stewardship.
  2. Describe accreditation organizations’ standards related to antimicrobial stewardship programs.
  3. Identify members of and roles for antimicrobial stewardship teams across the health system.
  4. Given a case scenario, identify appropriate goals and outcomes for antimicrobial stewardship in settings across the health system.
  5. Discuss the potential benefits and risks of managing infectious diseases in the outpatient setting.

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following archived webinar is approved for 1.5 contact hour of CPE credit (0.15 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-20-094-H04-P

To obtain credit for completing We're All in This Together: Antimicrobial Stewardship Across the Health System,  participants will need to watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.    

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: April 1, 2020
Expiration date: March 21, 2023 - No credit granted after this date.


We're All in This Together: Antimicrobial Stewardship Across the Health System is an activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2020 American Pharmacists Association


Benjamin Pontefract, PharmD,  and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.

Michael Klepser, PharmD, declares that he has received grant/research support from Quidel and Genentech, is a consultant for Quidel, Script Guide Rx, and National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the POCT Certificate Program. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


This learning product is a component of the APhA2020 Virtual Education package. This learning product is a component of the APhA2020 Virtual Education package and is part of the Trending Topics in Ambulatory Care series. 

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-094-H04-P 0.15 CEUs March 21, 2020 - March 21, 2023