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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239451/management-of-a-cluster-of-clostridium-difficile-infections-among-patients-with-osteoarticular-infections
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Jacqueline Färber, Sebastian Illiger, Fabian Berger, Barbara Gärtner, Lutz von Müller, Christoph H Lohmann, Katja Bauer, Christina Grabau, Stefanie Zibolka, Dirk Schlüter, Gernot Geginat
BACKGROUND: Here we describe a cluster of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) among 26 patients with osteoarticular infections. The aim of the study was to define the source of C. difficile and to evaluate the impact of general infection control measures and antibiotic stewardship on the incidence of CDI. METHODS: Epidemiological analysis included typing of C. difficile strains and analysis of possible patient to patient transmission. Infection control measures comprised strict isolation of CDI patients, additional hand washings, and intensified environmental cleaning with sporicidal disinfection...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236547/screening-for-beta-lactam-allergy-in-joint-arthroplasty-patients-to-improve-surgical-prophylaxis-practice
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Deanna L McDanel, Antoine E Azar, Amy M Dowden, Samantha Murray-Bainer, Nicolas O Noiseux, Melissa Willenborg, Charles R Clark, John J Callaghan, Ambar Haleem
BACKGROUND: The reliability of patient-reported penicillin allergies has been disputed. A Drug Allergy Clinic (DAC) was established at our institution in combination with an electronic best practice alert (BPA) in the Orthopedic Clinic. Joint arthroplasty patients with a reported history of beta-lactam allergy (HOBA) were preoperatively referred via the BPA to the DAC. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of beta-lactam allergy screening in enabling the surgical team to optimize antimicrobial prophylaxis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
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/28203781/eight-habits-of-highly-effective-antimicrobial-stewardship-programs-to-meet-the-joint-commission-standards-for-hospitals
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Debra A Goff, Ravina Kullar, Karri A Bauer, Thomas M File
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February 14, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197223/a-multifaceted-approach-to-decrease-inappropriate-antibiotic-use-in-a-pediatric-outpatient-clinic
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Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq, Amel H Alawami
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate use of antimicrobial agents is the major cause for the development of resistance. Thus, it is important to include outpatient clinics in the development of antibiotic stewardship program. METHODS: We report a multifaceted approach to decrease inappropriate antibiotic use in upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in an outpatient pediatric clinic. The interventions included educational grand round, academic detailing, and prospective audit and feedback and peer comparison...
January 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182774/benefits-and-unintended-consequences-of-antimicrobial-de-escalation-implications-for-stewardship-programs
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Josie Hughes, Xi Huo, Lindsey Falk, Amy Hurford, Kunquan Lan, Bryan Coburn, Andrew Morris, Jianhong Wu
Sequential antimicrobial de-escalation aims to minimize resistance to high-value broad-spectrum empiric antimicrobials by switching to alternative drugs when testing confirms susceptibility. Though widely practiced, the effects de-escalation are not well understood. Definitions of interventions and outcomes differ among studies. We use mathematical models of the transmission and evolution of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in an intensive care unit to assess the effect of de-escalation on a broad range of outcomes, and clarify expectations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179249/penicillin-skin-testing-as-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-initiative
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Bruce M Jones, Christopher M Bland
PURPOSE: An initiative to determine the effects of penicillin skin testing (PST) from an antimicrobial stewardship perspective is described. SUMMARY: Penicillin allergy is one of the most frequently reported allergies; however, only about 10% of self-reports of penicillin allergy are accurate. Incorrect penicillin allergies are therefore a significant barrier to antimicrobial stewardship, with important clinical and economic implications, including increased antimicrobial resistance, an increased overall cost of care, increased length of stay, and, ultimately, increased mortality...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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/28159174/antimicrobial-therapy-for-legionnaire-s-disease-antibiotic-stewardship-implications
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Cheston B Cunha, Burke A Cunha
Legionnaire's disease is a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Although no single clinical feature is diagnostic, if characteristic extrapulmonary findings are present a presumptive clinical syndromic diagnosis is possible. Depending on geographic location, season, and physician awareness, Legionnaire's disease may be included in the differential diagnosis of CAP. Some antibiotics effective against Legionella sp are also effective in treating the typical bacterial causes of CAP. From an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) perspective, monotherapy is preferred to double-drug therapy...
March 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152605/feasibility-benefits-and-limitations-of-a-penicillin-allergy-skin-testing-service
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Prasanna P Narayanan, Meghan N Jeffres
OBJECTIVE: To critically examine the feasibility, benefits, and limitations of an inpatient penicillin skin testing service and how pharmacists can be utilized. DATA SOURCES: A PubMed search was performed from July 2016 through September 2016 using the following search terms: penicillin skin testing, penicillin allergy, β-lactam allergy. Additional references were identified from a review of literature citations. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: All English-language studies assessing the use of penicillin skin testing as well as management and clinical outcomes of patients with a β-lactam allergy were evaluated...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149487/clinical-response-and-outcome-of-pneumonia-due-to-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-critically-ill-patients
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Lida Shojaei, Mostafa Mohammadi, Mohammad-Taghi Beigmohammadi, Mahsa Doomanlou, Alireza Abdollahi, Mohammad Mehdi Feizabadi, Hossein Khalili
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The frequency of multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter spp. infections is increasing in Iran. Considering availability of limited therapeutic options, clinical response and outcome of ventilator-associated pneumonia due to multi-drug resistant A.baumannii were evaluated in critically ill patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective study, 29 patients with carbapenem resistance A. baumannii ventilator-associated pneumonia were enrolled...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123192/impact-of-antimicrobial-stewardship-on-physician-practice-in-a-geriatric-facility
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Nina Kassett, Rosalind Sham, Rosanne Aleong, Daisy Yang, Michael Kirzner, Aidlee Craft
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of literature describing the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) in long-term care (LTC) facilities. The current study evaluated the impact of an ASP that was implemented across a geriatric facility, which included an inpatient specialty hospital and an LTC facility. The program included prospective audits with feedback, multidisciplinary education, information technology interventions, and guideline development. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of the ASP on physicians' prescribing practices in this geriatric facility...
November 2016: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118861/a-report-of-the-efforts-of-the-veterans-health-administration-national-antimicrobial-stewardship-initiative
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Allison A Kelly, Makoto M Jones, Kelly L Echevarria, Stephen M Kralovic, Matthew H Samore, Matthew B Goetz, Karl J Madaras-Kelly, Loretta A Simbartl, Anthony P Morreale, Melinda M Neuhauser, Gary A Roselle
OBJECTIVE To detail the activities of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative and evaluate outcomes of the program. DESIGN Observational analysis. SETTING The VHA is a large integrated healthcare system serving approximately 6 million individuals annually at more than 140 medical facilities. METHODS Utilization of nationally developed resources, proportional distribution of antibiotics, changes in stewardship practices and patient safety measures were reported. In addition, inpatient antimicrobial use was evaluated before and after implementation of national stewardship activities...
January 25, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089673/the-value-of-participatory-development-to-support-antimicrobial-stewardship-with-a-clinical-decision-support-system
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Nienke Beerlage-de Jong, Jobke Wentzel, Ron Hendrix, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen
BACKGROUND: Current clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) for antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are guideline- or expert-driven. They are focused on (clinical) content, not on supporting real-time workflow. Thus, CDSSs fail to optimally support prudent antimicrobial prescribing in daily practice. Our aim was to demonstrate why and how participatory development (involving end-users and other stakeholders) can contribute to the success of CDSSs in ASPs. METHODS: A mixed-methods approach was applied, combining scenario-based prototype evaluations (to support verbalization of work processes and out-of-the-box thinking) among 6 medical resident physicians with an online questionnaire (to cross-reference findings of the prototype evaluations) among 54 Dutch physicians...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089415/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-federal-bureau-of-prisons-approaches-from-the-national-and-local-levels
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Michael J Long, Brian N LaPlant, Justin C McCormick
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of national and local antimicrobial stewardship measures on overall antibiotic prescribing in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). SETTING: Care was delivered to more than 160,000 inmates in 122 BOP facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Medical centers and health services clinics staffed by in-house medical staff, consultants, and specialists. Staffs include a variety of disciplines, including physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, infection control personnel, therapists, health services administrators, and institution executive staff...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079629/duration-of-pneumonia-therapy-and-the-role-of-biomarkers
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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...
January 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065331/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-kansas-results-from-a-statewide-survey
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035690/%C3%AE-lactam-therapy-for-methicillin-susceptible-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-a-comparative-review-of-cefazolin-versus-antistaphylococcal-penicillins
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Julius Li, Kelly L Echevarria, Kristi A Traugott
Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Traditionally, antistaphylococcal penicillins (ASPs) have been considered the agents of choice for the treatment of MSSA bacteremia. Vancomycin has been demonstrated to have poorer outcomes in several studies and is only recommended for patients with severe penicillin allergies. Although cefazolin is considered as an alternative to the ASPs for patients with nonsevere penicillin allergies, cefazolin offers several pharmacologic advantages over ASPs, such as more convenient dosing regimens, and antimicrobial stewardship programs are increasingly using cefazolin as the preferential agent for MSSA infections as part of cost-saving initiatives...
December 30, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034534/antimicrobial-stewardship-practices-in-virginia
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Kimberly B Lee, Jesus Aaron Ramirez, Rebeccah Collins, John Bucheit, Kakotan Sanogo, Michael P Stevens
The Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recognize the need to combat antimicrobial resistance through the promotion of antimicrobial stewardship programs. Health care facilities in Virginia were surveyed using a 23-item survey focused on facility characteristics and antimicrobial stewardship strategies. Antimicrobial stewardship activities were highly variable and many are missing key personnel and resources...
December 26, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997675/compliance-with-procalcitonin-algorithm-antibiotic-recommendations-for-patients-in-medical-intensive-care-unit
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Abdalla A Ammar, Simon W Lam, Abhijit Duggal, Elizabeth A Neuner, Stephanie N Bass, Jorge A Guzman, Xiao-Feng Wang, Xiaozhen Han, Seth R Bauer
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To describe compliance with antibiotic recommendations based on a previously published procalcitonin (PCT)-guided algorithm in clinical practice, to compare PCT algorithm compliance rates between PCT assays ordered in the antibiotic initiation setting (PCT concentration measured less than 24 hours after antibiotic initiation or before antibiotic initiation) with those in the antibiotic continuation setting (PCT concentration measured 24 hours or more after antibiotic initiation), and to evaluate patient- and PCT-related factors independently associated with algorithm compliance in patients in the medical intensive care unit (MICU)...
December 20, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
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