August 15, 2014


Better Care, Better Cost

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

The American Hospital Association puts appropriate antimicrobial stewardship programs on its list of the top five ways hospitals can reduce non-beneficial services and improve care. ASPs save precious health care dollars while optimizing the treatment of infections and reducing events associated with antibiotic use, including the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. Leadership commitment, accountability, drug expertise, action, tracking, reporting and education are all critical components of a successful ASP. Our new Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit is a rich compilation of authoritative hospital, clinical and patient resources to help hospitals begin or enhance their ASPs. If you missed this week’s Town Hall Interactive Webcast featuring AHA’s John Combes, M.D., CDC’s Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., and Scott Malaney, president and CEO of Blanchard Valley Health System, Findlay, Ohio, discussing antimicrobial stewardship and are an AHA member, you can replay it at www.aha.org/townhall.

Thanks,
Rich

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