Antibiotic Stewardship

Apr 16, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released Spanish versions of its most popular materials to educate health care providers and consumers about appropriate use of antibiotics and prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Print materials also can be ordered at…
Apr 3, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today urged state and local health departments and health care facilities to work with its Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network to implement a coordinated strategy to prevent the spread of unusual germs that are resistant to all or most antibiotics or can…
Feb 21, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship yesterday released the first in a four-part online training course on antibiotic stewardship. Additional segments will be released later this year. Completing the free training counts as an improvement activity under…
Jul 14, 2017
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of…
Jul 5, 2017
Two common antibiotics can help hospital outpatients heal from small skin infections involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the study…
Mar 22, 2017
As many older patients are affected by Clostridium difficile (C.diff) in hospital settings, South Nassau Communities Hospital created an ongoing multidisciplinary task force to help improve processes in four areas: environmental cleaning practices, overprescribing antibiotics, inappropriate diagnostic testing and clinical care of C.diff patients.
As many older patients are affected by Clostridium difficile (C.diff) in hospital settings, South Nassau Communities Hospital created an ongoing multidisciplinary task force to help improve processes in four areas: environmental cleaning practices, overprescribing antibiotics, inappropriate…
Nov 18, 2016
This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been shining a light on antibiotic resistance through their Get Smart about Antibiotics Week campaign. We have been pleased to take part in activities marking the week, which culminated with a global Twitter Chat today. You can join the…
Nov 10, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a framework for improving antibiotic prescribing in outpatient settings. Its four core elements are commitment; action for policy and practice; tracking and reporting; and education and expertise. “Outpatient clinicians and facility…
Sep 29, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued a final rule representing the first comprehensive rewrite of Medicare and Medicaid quality and safety requirements for long-term care facilities since 1991. According to CMS, the rule finalizes provisions to strengthen patient…
Sep 16, 2016
In 2013, the facility's hospital-onset (HO) infection rate for Clostridium difficile (C. diff) had been trending upward over multiple quarters.
Despite implementing universal gloving, an increased emphasis on hand hygiene and antibiotic stewardship measures, the facility ended the year with a rate that was more than double its target. An interdisciplinary team consisting of the chief medical officer, the director of quality, the medical…