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Pharmacist antimicrobial stewardship

Robin Patel, Ferric C Fang
Recent advances in microbial diagnostics are providing clinicians with information about microbes causing infections and their resistance to antimicrobial agents more rapidly than ever before. Diagnostic stewardship refers to the appropriate use of laboratory testing to guide patient management, including treatment, in order to optimize clinical outcomes and limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Fulfilling the promise of diagnostic stewardship requires a seamless partnership between clinical laboratories, pharmacists, and infectious diseases clinicians, so that appropriate tests are ordered and diagnostic information is translated into appropriate management in real time...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Jennifer Broom, Chin Li Tee, Alex Broom, Mark D Kelly, Tahira Scott, David A Grieve
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial therapy for intra-abdominal infections is often inappropriately prolonged. An intervention addressing factors influencing the duration of intravenous antibiotic use was undertaken. This study reports the antibiotic prescribing patterns before and after the intervention and a qualitative analysis of the experience of the intervention. METHODS: Quantitative: A retrospective audit of patients with complicated intra-abdominal infection before and after a multifaceted persuasive intervention was performed...
March 6, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Lianne Jeffs, Madelyn P Law, Michelle Zahradnik, Marilyn Steinberg, Maria Maione, Linda Jorgoni, Chaim M Bell, Andrew M Morris
Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) have predominately involved infectious diseases physicians and pharmacists with little attention to the nurses. To achieve optimal success of ASPs, engagement of nurses to actively participate in initiatives, strategies, and solutions to combat antibiotic resistance across the health care spectrum is required. In this context, the experiences of local ASP teams engaging nurses in appropriate antimicrobial use were explored to inform future strategies to enhance their involvement in ASPs...
April 2018: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Andre N H Bulabula, Abi Jenkins, Shaheen Mehtar, Dilip Nathwani
Objectives: To assess the current involvement of nurses in the use and management of antimicrobials and their training in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) across Africa. Methods: After a pilot study, an online questionnaire (SurveyMonkey) in both French and English was circulated via the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN) mailing list to both members and non-members in Africa. The study was conducted from 26 May to 19 August 2016. Data were summarized in proportions and bar charts; proportions were compared using the χ2 test...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
T Matsuoka, M Kato, Y Shinoda, K Ohashi, S Yoshida, T Mori, T Tachi, T Yoshimura, H Teramachi
We implemented an antimicrobial stewardship (AS) program whereby pharmacists sought appropriate use of antimicrobial agents in January 2012. At that time, we targeted anti-methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) agents and carbapenems; however, in January 2014, we added tazobactam/piperacillin (TAZ/PIPC). We evaluated outcomes using multilateral analyses. The average one-day dosage of carbapenems increased; however, the duration of administration and number of recipient patients decreased significantly (P < 0...
May 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
Brandon Hill, Navaneeth Narayanan, Elizabeth Palavecino, Katherine K Perez, Sasha Premraj, Amber Streifel, Rebekah H Wrenn, Kristen Zeitler
Rapid diagnostic technologies can assist Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) in achieving the goals of reducing unnecessary antimicrobial exposure and optimizing patient care. The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists supports all members of the ASP team as essential components of optimal use of these technologies for management of antibiotic prescribing and cost-reduction strategies. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;1-3.
February 13, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Valerie Leung, Julie Hui-Chih Wu, Bradley J Langford, Gary Garber
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is an important public health issue globally and in Canada. To understand the current state of antimicrobial stewardship programs in Ontario health care facilities, Public Health Ontario conducted a voluntary survey of hospitals in the province. METHODS: The Ontario Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Landscape Survey was distributed online to hospitals, targeting front-line antimicrobial stewardship clinicians. The survey was open for 5 weeks in fall 2016...
February 2, 2018: CMAJ Open
Kengo Ohashi, Tomoko Matsuoka, Yasutaka Shinoda, Yasuyuki Fukami, Joe Shindoh, Tetsuya Yagi, Tomoaki Yoshimura, Tadashi Sugiyama
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (MRSA-B) is associated with high mortality and implementing an appropriate antimicrobial stewardship (AS) program with treatment intervention is essential. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of AS with pharmacist intervention on patients with MRSA-B. METHODS: Patients who were diagnosed with MRSA-B between January 2012 and April 2013 were defined as the pre-intervention group, while those diagnosed between May 2013 and December 2015 were defined as the intervention group (ie, AS with pharmacist intervention)...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Muhammad Rehan Sarwar, Anum Saqib, Sadia Iftikhar, Tayyaba Sadiq
Objective: To evaluate the knowledge of community pharmacists about antibiotics, and their perceptions and practices toward antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in Punjab, Pakistan. Materials and methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among community pharmacists in Punjab, Pakistan from April 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017. A self-administered and pretested questionnaire was used for data collection. A simple random-sampling method was used to select community pharmacies...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Susan Rogers Van Katwyk, Sara L Jones, Steven J Hoffman
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is an important global issue facing society. Healthcare workers need to be engaged in solving this problem, as advocates for rational antimicrobial use, stewards of sustainable effectiveness, and educators of their patients. To fulfill this role, healthcare workers need access to training and educational resources on antimicrobial resistance. METHODS: To better understand the resources available to healthcare workers, we undertook a global environmental scan of educational programs and resources targeting healthcare workers on the topic of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship...
February 5, 2018: Human Resources for Health
Shashi N Kapadia, Erika L Abramson, Eileen J Carter, Angela S Loo, Rainu Kaushal, David P Calfee, Matthew S Simon
BACKGROUND: Misuse of antibiotics can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance, which adversely affects morbidity, mortality, length of stay, and cost. To combat the threat of antimicrobial resistance, The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have initiated or proposed requirements for hospitals to have antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs), but implementation remains challenging. A key-informant interview study was conducted to describe the characteristics and innovative strategies of leading ASPs...
February 2018: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Christopher McPherson, Brian R Lee, Cindy Terrill, Adam L Hersh, Jeffrey S Gerber, Matthew P Kronman, Jason G Newland
In response to the growing epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) have been rapidly implemented in the United States (US). This study examines the prevalence of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) seven core elements of a successful ASP within a large subset of US Children's Hospitals. In 2016, a survey was conducted of 52 pediatric hospitals assessing the presence of the seven core elements: leadership commitment, accountability, drug expertise, action, tracking, reporting, and education...
January 25, 2018: Antibiotics
Christopher A Giuliano, Juliann Binienda, Pramodini B Kale-Pradhan, Mohamad G Fakih
To systematically improve the appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing, antimicrobial stewardship programs have been developed. There is a paucity of literature examining how pharmacists perform antimicrobial stewardship using a clinical decision support system in a hospital setting. The purpose of this qualitative study was to develop a model exploring how pharmacists perform antimicrobial stewardship to identify areas for programmatic improvement. Semistructured interviews were conducted across a health care system until saturation of themes was reached...
January 1, 2018: Qualitative Health Research
Minyon L Avent, Jasmina Fejzic, Mieke L van Driel
OBJECTIVES: Various strategies have been implemented in primary care to address the inappropriate use of antibiotics, with varying degrees of success. One such intervention is delayed or 'wait and see' prescribing, where the prescriber indicates to wait a few days before dispensing the antibiotic. The aim of this study was to explore community pharmacists' perceptions and practice experiences with delayed antibiotic prescribing. METHODS: An online survey was advertised in two professional pharmacy organisations' e-newsletters for community and internship pharmacists in Queensland, Australia, from January to April 2016...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Christian B Polen, William R Judd, Patrick D Ratliff, Gregory S King
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is a prominent nosocomial pathogen and is the most common causative organism of health care-associated diarrhea. To our knowledge, no studies have investigated the impact of real-time notification of culture results with rapid antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) intervention in the setting of C difficile infection (CDI). The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of real-time notification of detection of toxigenic C difficile by DNA amplification results in patients with confirmed CDI...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
Jessica E Beach, Tasha D Ramsey, Sean K Gorman, Tim T Y Lau
Background: Infectious diseases consultant (IDC) pharmacists work within an IDC service to care for inpatients with complex infections. With Accreditation Canada's new Required Organizational Practice promoting the establishment of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs, AMS pharmacists are being employed in acute care hospitals. There is potential for overlap in responsibilities between IDC and AMS pharmacists, but there is no literature outlining the current duties for each group in Canada...
November 2017: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Yanina Dubrovskaya, Marco R Scipione, Justin Siegfried, Shin-Pung Jen, Vinh Pham, John Papadopoulos, Arnold Decano, Tyler Lewis, Arash Dabestani
Purpose: Leveraging pharmacy personnel resources for the purpose of antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) operations presents a challenging task. We describe our experience integrating all pharmacists into an ASP, and evaluate the impact on ASP interventions, antimicrobial utilization, rate of selected hospital-onset infections and readmission. Summary: During a study period (January 1 to December 31, 2015), a total of 14 552 ASP-related pharmacy interventions were performed (ASP clinical pharmacotherapy specialists [CPS] n = 4025; non-ASP CPS n = 4888; hospital pharmacists n = 5639)...
October 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
Sondra Davis, Collin Verheyden, Mandelin Cooper, Devak Desai
Purpose: Many health care facilities are navigating their way through the new antimicrobial stewardship standards and guidelines. The purpose of this article is to provide information for health care facilities to improve patient care. Summary: New regulations and guidelines surrounding antimicrobial stewardship have prompted facilities to review their process related to antimicrobial stewardship. In setting up a program, there are many factors to consider including involving key personnel, obtaining leadership support, identifying an infectious disease physician to chair or cochair the committee, and meeting agenda, metrics, and educational needs...
September 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
Courtney R Smith, Lisa Pogany, Simon Foley, Jun Wu, Karen Timmerman, Margaret Gale-Rowe, Alain Demers
OBJECTIVE: To establish a baseline for physicians' knowledge of and counseling practices on the use of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and to determine potential changes in these measures after the implementation of a national AMR awareness campaign. DESIGN: Cross-sectional design. SETTING: Canada. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1600 physicians. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Physicians' knowledge of and counseling practices on antibiotic use and AMR at baseline and after implementation of the AMR awareness campaign...
December 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
Naomi Weier, Gianpiero Tebano, Nathalie Thilly, Béatrice Demoré, Céline Pulcini, Syed Tabish R Zaidi
Background: Hospital pharmacists are an integral part of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes globally. Currently, little is known as to how hospital pharmacists see their role and involvement within the AMS framework. Objectives: To assess the current level of involvement of Australian and French hospital pharmacists in AMS programmes and identify barriers limiting their involvement in AMS. Methods: Hospital pharmacists throughout Australia and France were invited to participate in a nationwide online survey throughout March-May 2016...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
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