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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526311/dramatic-effects-of-a-new-antimicrobial-stewardship-program-in-a-rural-community-hospital
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Claudia R Libertin, Stephanie H Watson, William L Tillett, Joy H Peterson
BACKGROUND: New Joint Commission antimicrobial stewardship requirements took effect on January 1, 2017, promoted as a central strategy for coping with the emerging problems of antimicrobial resistance and Clostridium difficile infection. Our objective was to measure the effects of a new antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) in a rural community hospital with no prior ASP, in the context of having a new infectious disease specialist on staff. METHODS: An ASP team was formed to implement a prospective audit with health care provider feedback and targeting 12 antimicrobial agents in a rural hospital in Georgia...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524255/enablers-and-barriers-to-the-use-of-antibiotic-guidelines-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-a-qualitative-study-of-clinicians-perspectives
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Antoine Sedrak, Mahesan Anpalahan, Karen Luetsch
BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common condition and a number of guidelines have been developed for its assessment and treatment. Adherence to guidelines by clinicians varies and particularly the prescribing of antibiotics often remains suboptimal. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to elucidate potential barriers and enablers to the adherence to antibiotic guidelines by clinicians treating CAP in an Australian hospital. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with purposively recruited senior prescribers who regularly treat CAP in an Australian hospital...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480770/an-update-on-the-pharmacotherapeutic-management-of-lower-respiratory-tract-infections
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Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani, Stefano Aliberti, Francesco Blasi, Maria Gabriella Matera
Our knowledge about lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) has improved substantially in the last years, but the management of respiratory infections is still a challenge and we are still far from precision medicine in the treatment of LRTIs. Areas covered: The approaches developed in recent years to improve the pharmacotherapeutic management of LRTIs, such as novel diagnostic assays to facilitate medical decision-making, attempts for selecting an optimal empiric antibiotic regimen, and the role of new and possibly unproven adjunctive therapies, are described...
May 6, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443360/overview-of-procalcitonin-assays-and-procalcitonin-guided-protocols-for-the-management-of-patients-with-infections-and-sepsis
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Philipp Schuetz, Celine Bretscher, Luca Bernasconi, Beat Mueller
Procalcitonin is a surrogate infection blood marker whose levels help estimate the likelihood of bacterial infections and correlate with their resolution. Recent trials have revealed the benefits of inclusion of procalcitonin in antibiotic stewardship protocols for initiation and discontinuation of antimicrobial therapy. Areas covered: Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic stewardship protocols have shown appreciable reductions in antibiotic use and duration of therapy in respiratory infections, sepsis, and other infections, with positive effects on clinical outcomes...
May 3, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411959/implementation-and-outcomes-of-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-program-effectiveness-of-education
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Yea-Yuan Chang, Hsin-Pai Chen, Chia-Wei Lin, Jen-Jen Tang, Ti-Ying Hsu, Yueh-Chun Weng, Yuan-Ming Lee, Wei-Shu Wang, Su-Shun Lo
BACKGROUND: Unnecessary use of antibiotics is a common occurrence in hospitals. Implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) has been shown to reduce both unnecessary antibiotic use and drug-resistant bacteria. Education is a fundamental component of an ASP. However, the effectiveness of proper uses of antibiotics education has not been clearly analyzed. METHODS: In a 520-bed university hospital located in northeastern Taiwan, a significantly increasing prescription of carbapenems, specifically imipenem and meropenem, was observed...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400686/convergence-of-minds-for-better-patient-outcome-in-intensive-care-unit-infections
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Chand Wattal, Yash Javeri, Neeraj Goel, Debashish Dhar, Sonal Saxena, Sarman Singh, Jaswinder Kaur Oberoi, B K Rao, Purva Mathur, Vikas Manchanda, Vivek Nangia, Arti Kapil, Ashok Rattan, Supradip Ghosh, Omender Singh, Vinod Singh, Iqbal Kaur, Sanghamitra Datta, Sharmila Sen Gupta
BACKGROUND: There is emergence of resistance to the last-line antibiotics such as carbapenems in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), leaving little effective therapeutic options. Since there are no more newer antibiotics in the armamentarium in the near future, it has become imperative that we harness the interdisciplinary knowledge for the best clinical outcome of the patient. AIMS: The aim of the conference was to utilize the synergies between the clinical microbiologists and critical care specialists for better patient care and clinical outcome...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399946/impact-of-a-multifaceted-antimicrobial-stewardship-program-a-front-line-ownership-driven-quality-improvement-project-in-a-large-urban-emergency-department
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Adam Jonathan Kaufman, Janine McCready, Jeff Powis
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic overuse has promoted growing rates of antimicrobial resistance and secondary antibiotic-associated infections such as Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are effective in reducing antimicrobial use in the inpatient setting; however, the unique environment of the emergency department (ED) lends itself to challenges for successful implementation. Front-line ownership (FLO) methodology has been shown to be a potentially effective strategy for the implementation of inpatient ASPs through an iterative multi-pronged approach driven by front-line providers...
April 12, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395369/antibiotics-prescriptions-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-how-to-overcome-everyday-challenges
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D Donà, E Mozzo, V Mardegan, U Trafojer, P Lago, S Salvadori, E Baraldi, C Giaquinto
Antimicrobial prescriptions in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) represent a point of concern for the emergence of MDROs and for morbidity associated with prolonged antibiotic exposure (e.g., invasive candidiasis, necrotizing enterocolitis, and late-onset sepsis). Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) have shown to be a valuable tool for the prevention of resistance with the goals of optimizing clinical outcomes while decreasing unnecessary prescribing. The most frequent ASP strategies include the correct collection and interpretation of microbiological specimens, prescription of the narrowest-spectrum antibiotic appropriate for a particular case, and de-escalation or discontinuation of therapy in defined situations...
April 10, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342095/-advances-in-diagnostic-microbiology-opportunities-and-limitations
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F P Maurer, M Hentschke, H Rohde
In the light of ever increasing problems related to the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria, rapid microbiological diagnostics are of growing importance. Timely pathogen detection and availability of susceptibility data are essential for optimal treatment, but are even more crucial for de-escalation of broad spectrum empiric therapies. Medical microbiology is, thus, an integral part of antimicrobial stewardship programs. Traditional microbiological techniques for species identification and susceptibility testing rely on bacterial growth and are, thus, characterized by inherent slowness...
March 24, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250702/an-evaluation-of-selected-indications-and-appropriateness-of-ampicillin-sulbactam-an-unrestricted-antimicrobial-at-a-single-center
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Dorothy McCoy, Rani Sebti, Arpi G Kuyumjian
BACKGROUND: With antimicrobial resistance on the rise and few new agents in development, it is important to exercise prudent judgment when utilizing antimicrobials. The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) is responsible for facilitating the appropriate use of antimicrobials at the institution. Restricted antimicrobials and select additional antimicrobials are monitored by the ASP team to determine if the indications chosen by the ordering prescribers correspond to and are appropriate for the patients' infections...
March 2017: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248946/new-and-developing-diagnostic-technologies-for-urinary-tract-infections
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REVIEW
Michael Davenport, Kathleen E Mach, Linda M Dairiki Shortliffe, Niaz Banaei, Tza-Huei Wang, Joseph C Liao
Timely and accurate identification and determination of the antimicrobial susceptibility of uropathogens is central to the management of UTIs. Urine dipsticks are fast and amenable to point-of-care testing, but do not have adequate diagnostic accuracy or provide microbiological diagnosis. Urine culture with antimicrobial susceptibility testing takes 2-3 days and requires a clinical laboratory. The common use of empirical antibiotics has contributed to the rise of multidrug-resistant organisms, reducing treatment options and increasing costs...
May 2017: Nature Reviews. Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216021/prevalence-antibiotic-susceptibility-and-characterization-of-antibiotic-resistant-genes-among-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacilli-and-yeast-in-intestinal-flora-of-cancer-patients-in-north-lebanon
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Rima Christophy, Marwan Osman, Hassan Mallat, Marcel Achkar, Azzam Ziedeh, Walid Moukaddem, Fouad Dabboussi, Monzer Hamze
The emergence and spread of carbapenem-resistant bacteria are a significant clinical and public health concern. The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence of intestinal carriage of carbapenem-resistant bacteria and yeasts in cancer patients under chemotherapy. 41 stool samples collected from cancer patients in Nini hospital in Tripoli, North Lebanon have been analyzed. After isolating yeasts and carbapenem-resistant bacteria, a biochemical identification and antimicrobial susceptibility profile were determined...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173888/current-state-of-antimicrobial-stewardship-in-children-s-hospital-emergency-departments
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Rakesh D Mistry, Jason G Newland, Jeffrey S Gerber, Adam L Hersh, Larissa May, Sarah M Perman, Nathan Kuppermann, Peter S Dayan
BACKGROUND Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) effectively optimize antibiotic use for inpatients; however, the extent of emergency department (ED) involvement in ASPs has not been described. OBJECTIVE To determine current ED involvement in children's hospital ASPs and to assess beliefs and preferred methods of implementation for ED-based ASPs. METHODS A cross-sectional survey of 37 children's hospitals participating in the Sharing Antimicrobial Resistance Practices collaboration was conducted. Surveys were distributed to ASP leaders and ED medical directors at each institution...
February 8, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152171/mixed-methods-pilot-study-to-assess-perceptions-of-antimicrobial-stewardship-in-nursing-homes
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Rebecca R Carter, Michelle M Montpetite, Robin L P Jump
OBJECTIVES: To identify features of community nursing home (NH) environments associated with lower rates of overall antibiotic use. DESIGN: This pilot study used an explanatory sequential design that incorporated comparative feedback about antibiotic use to inform a discussion about antimicrobial stewardship practices in community NHs. SETTING: NHs. PARTICIPANTS: Clinical leadership of five NHs. MEASUREMENTS: For the quantitative phase, the number of antibiotic prescriptions, length of therapy, and days of therapy/1,000 days of care were measured at six NHs...
May 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140703/a-longitudinal-online-interprofessional-education-experience-involving-family-nurse-practitioner-students-and-pharmacy-students
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Andrea Collins, Amy Broeseker, Jill Cunningham, Cyndi Cortes, Jennifer Beall, Amy Bigham, Jongwha Chang
Interprofessional education (IPE) continues to gain traction worldwide. Challenges integrating IPE into health profession programmes include finding convenient times, meeting spaces, and level-appropriate assignments for each profession. This article describes the implementation of a 21-month prospective cohort study pilot programme for the Master of Science in nursing family nurse practitioner (FNP) and doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students at a private university in the United States. This IPE experience utilised a blended approach for the learning activities; these students had initial and final sessions where they met face-to-face, with asynchronous online activities between these two sessions...
March 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121035/recent-developments-in-the-surgical-management-of-complex-intra-abdominal-infection
#16
REVIEW
M Soop, G L Carlson
BACKGROUND: Current guidance on the management of sepsis often applies to infection originating from abdominal or pelvic sources, which presents specific challenges and opportunities for efficient and rapid source control. Advances made in the past decade are presented in this article. METHODS: A qualitative systematic review was undertaken by searching standard literature databases for English-language studies presenting original data on the clinical management of abdominal and pelvic complex infection in adults over the past 10 years...
January 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112086/outbreak-of-carbapenem-resistant-providencia-rettgeri-in-a-tertiary-hospital
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V S Tshisevhe, M R Lekalakala, N Tshuma, S Janse van Rensburg, N Mbelle
The emergence of resistance to multiple antimicrobial agents in pathogenic bacteria is a significant public health threat, as there are limited effective antimicrobial agents for infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. Several MDR bacteria are now frequently detected. Carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae is often plasmid mediated, necessitating stringent infection control practices. Wedescribe an outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Providencia rettgeri involving 4 patients admitted to intensive care and high-care units at a tertiary hospital...
December 21, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108091/implementation-of-a-simple-innovative-system-for-postprescription-antibiotic-review-based-on-computerized-tools-with-shared-access
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F Bouchand, A Dinh, A L Roux, B Davido, H Michelon, M Lepainteur, B Legendre, F El Sayed, I Pierre, J Salomon, C Lawrence, C Perronne, M Villart, A-C Crémieux
BACKGROUND: Controlling antibiotic use in healthcare establishments limits their consumption and the emergence of bacterial resistance. AIM: To evaluate the efficiency of an innovative antibiotic stewardship strategy implemented over three years in a university hospital. METHODS: An antimicrobial multi-disciplinary team (AMT) [pharmacist, microbiologist and infectious disease specialist (IDS)] conducted a postprescription review. Specific coding of targeted antibiotics (including broad-spectrum β-lactams, glycopeptides, lipopeptides, fluoroquinolones and carbapenems) in the computerized physician order entry allowed recording of all new prescriptions...
March 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079629/duration-of-pneumonia-therapy-and-the-role-of-biomarkers
#19
Katerina Kaziani, Adamantia Sotiriou, George Dimopoulos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Increasing antimicrobial resistance is a worldwide phenomenon that is threatening public health. Lower respiratory infections are one of the leading causes of morbidity that contribute to antibiotic consumption and thus the emergence of multidrug-resistant microbial strains. The goal of shortening antibiotic regimens' duration in common bacterial infections has been prioritized by antimicrobial stewardship programs as an action against this problem. RECENT FINDINGS: Data coming from randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses, and systematic reviews support the shortening of antimicrobial regimens in community-acquired, hospital-acquired, and ventilator-associated pneumonia...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065331/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-kansas-results-from-a-statewide-survey
#20
Carrie Poteete, Joseph M Scaletta
BACKGROUND: The availability of effective antibiotics is considered one of the most important developments in medicine. However, many organisms that were once susceptible to common antibiotics are becoming resistant. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are considered to be vital for combating the emergence of resistance. To understand current antimicrobial stewardship practices in Kansas, the authors designed a 36-question survey. Results of this survey will be used to develop a coordinated, public health strategy for improving current practices...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
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