Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill


Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) play a large role in reducing antibiotic misuse and improving patient outcomes. This project’s goal is to reduce physician bias in treatment of non-purulent skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) in the Emergency Department (ED). Through retrospective chart reviews and patient interviews, we found significant misuse of vancomycin in SSTI treatment. After educating physicians on the IDSA guidelines for SSTI, vancomycin use decreased drastically while other antibiotics were used in its place. This study shows the efficacy of ASPs to better control antibiotic resistance and improve patient outcomes. Further research should be done regarding efficacy of other types of programs as well as their limitations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


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Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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