Does This Child Really Need an Antibiotic? Pediatric Antibiotic Stewardship in the Acute Care Setting

Program description

Antibiotic Stewardship is important because providers need to have a consistent, evidence-based standard of care for predictable and improved pediatric patient outcomes. Antimicrobial stewardship programs have been created in many hospitals in an effort to curtail and optimize the use of antibiotics. Pediatric-focused programs are necessary because of the differences in antimicrobial need and use among this patient population, unique considerations and dosing, vulnerability for resistance due to a lifetime of antibiotic exposure, and the increased risk of adverse events.

This online CME activity is the result of a recording of a live event on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Deer Valley – Debbie’s Conference Room, 19829 N. 27th Avenue Phoenix AZ 85027.


Pamela S. Murphy, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Mendy's Place Children's EmergencyCenter, HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center.

Target audience

This activity is intended for EM physicians, EM pediatric physicians, nurses, residents, urgent care providers, Advanced Practice Practitioners, NP's and PA's.

Activity purpose

The purpose of this activity is to promote pediatric antibiotic stewardship.  Resistance rates have been rising in pediatric populations over the past decade. Development of new antibiotics has not kept pace with rising resistance. Antibiotics are being prescribed inappropriately to pediatric populations due to variability in practice. The frequent use of antimicrobials in pediatric patients has led to a significant increase in multidrug-resistant bacterial infections among children.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to: 

  1. Review recent studies of antibiotic use in pediatric patients.
  2. Describe appropriate use of antibiotics for common pediatric infections.
  3. Identify and contrast common viral and bacterial illnesses in children.

Accreditation, disclosures and credit

Acknowledgment: This CME event is not supported by any commercial entity or joint partnership. 

Disclosure: Dr. Murphy and all members of the planning committee have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose. 

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA). HonorHealth is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement: HonorHealth designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: Nov.1, 2019
Review Date: Nov. 30, 2020
Expiration Date: June 5, 2022


This activity will take approximately 1 hour to complete.  To receive credit, participants are required to complete the pretest, view the online activity and complete the post-test and evaluation. A certificate of completion is available upon request by contacting the HonorHealth CME Office (

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  1. Complete the pre-test
  2. View the recording
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation form