Antibiotics are the most important treatment we have to fight life-threatening bacterial diseases. When antibiotics are overused, there is an increase in drug-resistant germs. Antibiotic resistance is when an antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively control or kill bacterial growth. It is a worldwide problem.
Antibiotic stewardship programs ensure children receive the right antibiotic at the right dose and at the right time and duration. These programs improve patient outcomes, reduce antibiotic resistance and save healthcare dollars.
Our PAS Program:
- Raises awareness about antibiotic resistance
- Promotes appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use
- Increases the likelihood that children benefit from antibiotic treatment
- Reduces antibiotic resistance
- Decreases the spread of infections
- Reduces the risk of patients being harmed by their treatment
- Ensures patients receive optimal antibiotic doses
Parents can feel confident that our doctors and pharmacists are working together to improve the quality of care for children with infections. Children in the hospital who are receiving antibiotics to treat bacterial infections are assessed daily.
Our pharmacists evaluate the use of antibiotics every day and make recommendations to improve treatment. We use education to ensure that health professionals in the hospital have the most up-to-date information for treating patients while minimizing the effect on antibiotic resistance.
Conditions & Services
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
Our team of board certified pediatricians specializes in the appropriate use of antibiotics to fight infectious diseases.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
For Health Professionals
We work with referring physicians to provide specialized care to children with infectious diseases. Physicians can reach an infectious disease specialist at 317.944.5000. For consultations or referrals, please call 317.944.7260 or send a fax to 317.948.0860. Physicians may also call the Riley at IU Health 24/7 Transfer Center at 317.963.3333.
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The Infectious Diseases Department at Riley at IU Health is committed to educating and training medical students, physician assistants, residents and fellows. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine is based at Riley at IU Health. It is a three-year program that prepares fellows for a career as an academic pediatric infectious disease specialist.