The Value of AMS Efforts in Ambulatory and Emergency Settings

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is an important part of healthcare, and its value is especially evident in ambulatory settings and emergency room departments. AMS is the practice of using antimicrobials responsibly—ensuring they are prescribed only when necessary and in the most effective way possible. This practice is essential in ambulatory and emergency room departments, as these departments are often the first point of contact for patients with infectious diseases and can therefore have a large impact on AMS efforts.