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Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at Unity Health aims to optimize the use of antimicrobials for our patients. This involves efforts to promote the selection of appropriate antimicrobial agents, as well as the optimal dose, route and duration of therapy.

The ASP also seeks to avoid unnecessary antimicrobial use. In this way, the goal of the ASP is to optimize patient outcomes while minimizing the risk of Clostridium difficile infection, other antimicrobial-related adverse events and the development of antimicrobial resistance.

Contact

Dr. Mark Downing
Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (St. Joseph’s Health Centre)
Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases
Email: mark.downing@unityhealth.to

Dr. Linda R. Taggart
Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (St. Michael’s Hospital and Providence Healthcare)
Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases
Email: linda.taggart@unityhealth.to

Dr. Elizabeth Leung
Pharmacist Lead, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (St. Michael’s Hospital)
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/Leader
Email: elizabeth.leung@unityhealth.to

Last updated May 04, 2021