“If we do not act to address the problem of antibiotic resistance, we may lose quick and reliable treatment of infections that have been a manageable problem in the United States since the 1940s. Drug choices for the treatment of common infections will become increasingly limited and expensive and, in some case, nonexistent.”
          -A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
 
As antimicrobial resistance continues to increase, clinicians are faced with limited antimicrobial choices for patients. The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists, microbiologists, infection control preventionists and epidemiologists dedicated to the appropriate and optimal use of antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial stewardship is defined as a systematic approach to the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents to achieve optimal patient outcomes. The mission of the OSUMC’s ASP is the optimal selection, dose, and duration of an antimicrobial that results in the best clinical outcome for the treatment of infection, with minimal toxicity to the patient and maximal impact on subsequent development of resistance.