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It is time to define antimicrobial never events

  • Jiajun Liu (a1) (a2), Keith S. Kaye (a3), Nicholas J. Mercuro (a4) (a5), Susan L. Davis (a4) (a5), Twisha S. Patel (a6), Lindsay A. Petty (a6), Gwendolyn M. Pais (a1) and Marc H. Scheetz (a1) (a2)...


Inappropriate antibiotic use is associated with increased antimicrobial resistance and adverse events that can lead to further downstream patient harm. Preventative strategies must be employed to improve antibiotic use while reducing avoidable harm. We use the term “antibiotic never events” to globally recognize and define the most inappropriate antibiotic use.


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Author for correspondence: Marc H. Scheetz, PharmD, MSc, Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy, Pharmacometrics Center of Excellence; 555 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515. E-mail:


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Cite this article: Liu J, et al. (2019). It is time to define antimicrobial never events Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2019, 40, 206–207. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.313



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