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Pharmacist antimicrobial stewardship

Elizabeth A Neuner, Andrea M Pallotta, Simon W Lam, David Stowe, Steven M Gordon, Gary W Procop, Sandra S Richter
OBJECTIVE To describe the impact of rapid diagnostic microarray technology and antimicrobial stewardship for patients with Gram-positive blood cultures. DESIGN Retrospective pre-intervention/post-intervention study. SETTING A 1,200-bed academic medical center. PATIENTS Inpatients with blood cultures positive for Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. anginosus, Streptococcus spp., and Listeria monocytogenes during the 6 months before and after implementation of Verigene Gram-positive blood culture microarray (BC-GP) with an antimicrobial stewardship intervention...
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Caren McHenry Martin
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to expand requirements for antimicrobial stewardship in nursing facilities during 2016. Many facilities are looking to pharmacists to help them take the initial steps toward developing these coordinated programs to promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials.
2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
N Schellack, R Pretorius, A P Messina
With the global threat of antimicrobial resistance now more emergent than ever, there should be wider collaboration between members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. This article proposes possible ways of engagement between the pharmacist, nurse and doctor. The pharmacist and nurse are placed in an ideal position through united efforts (camaraderie) to redirect healthcare towards improved patient outcomes while also reducing antimicrobial resistance.
September 23, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
U Ni Riain, M Tierney, C Doyle, A Vellinga, C Fleming, M Cormican
OBJECTIVE: Use of meropenem in our hospital has doubled in recent years. An audit in 2013 showed that although initiation of therapy with meropenem was generally appropriate, therapy was rarely subsequently reviewed and de-escalated where appropriate. Therefore, a structured stewardship initiative focussed on meropenem de-escalation was developed. METHODS: A local guideline for review and de-escalation of meropenem was developed and approved by the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team...
September 29, 2016: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Timothy P Gauthier, Eva Moreira, Chantal Chan, Alexandria Cabrera, Maribel Toro, Mara Z Carrasquillo, Mark Corentin, Elizabeth M Sherman
OBJECTIVES: To describe an innovative hepatitis C virus (HCV) care program and treatment outcomes resulting from pharmacist services. SETTING: Adult ambulatory care HCV clinic within the Miami Veteran Affairs Healthcare System. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Pharmacists with limited prescriptive authority are integrated into a medical hepatology care team. PRACTICE INNOVATION: Pharmacists screen patients with HCV infection for treatment eligibility, counsel patients upon treatment initiation, assess ongoing treatment success and toxicity through patient appointments, telephone calls, and the ordering of pertinent laboratory data, and provide oversight of all patients on HCV therapies...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Hanna K Welch, Jerod L Nagel, Twisha S Patel, Tejal N Gandhi, Benrong Chen, John De Leon, Carol E Chenoweth, Laraine L Washer, Krishna Rao, Gregory A Eschenauer
BACKGROUND: Although antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are uniquely positioned to improve treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) through targeted interventions, studies to date have not rigorously evaluated the influence of ASP involvement on clinical outcomes attributed to CDI. METHODS: We performed a quasiexperimental study of adult patients with CDI before (n = 307) and after (n = 285) a real-time ASP review was initiated. In the intervention group, an ASP pharmacist was notified of positive CDI results and consulted with the care team to initiate optimal therapy, minimize concomitant antibiotic and acid-suppressive therapy, and recommend surgical/infectious diseases consultation in complicated cases...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
Pamela A Foral, Jennifer M Anthone, Christopher J Destache, Renuga Vivekanandan, Laurel C Preheim, Gary L Gorby, John M Horne, Leo A Dobronski, Javeria J Syed, Cezarina Mindru, Mir A Ali, Karim F Ali, Kari A Neemann, Marvin J Bittner
CONTEXT: Interprofessional education/interprofessional practice (IPE/IPP) is an essential component in medical education and training. A collaborative interprofessional team environment ensures optimal patient-centered care. OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation of 2 interprofessional antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) teams using IPE/IPP and to assess the acceptance rate by the primary medical and surgical teams of ASP recommendations for antimicrobial interventions...
September 1, 2016: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Hirminder Ubhi, Mitul Patel, Lisa Ludwig
AIM: Aims of the study included evaluation of outpatient antibiotic prescribing practices relating to good Antimicrobial Stewardship1 focusing on documentation of indication and duration. METHOD: Prescriptions dispensed at the Outpatient Pharmacy over a 6 week were evaluated. Data collected include patient's hospital identification in full, the antibiotic prescribed, duration of treatment, indication (in a specifically allocated area on the prescription) and route of administration, prescriber speciality and grade...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
J A Trubiano, L J Worth, K Urbancic, T M Brown, D L Paterson, M Lucas, E Phillips
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic allergies are frequently reported and have significant impacts upon appropriate prescribing and clinical outcomes. We surveyed infectious diseases physicians, allergists, clinical immunologists and hospital pharmacists to evaluate antibiotic allergy knowledge and service delivery in Australia and New Zealand. METHODS: An online multi-choice questionnaire was developed and endorsed by representatives of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID) and Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia (SHPA)...
August 16, 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
Gabriel Levy Hara, Souha S Kanj, Leonardo Pagani, Lilian Abbo, Andrea Endimiani, Heiman F L Wertheim, Carlos Amábile-Cuevas, Pierre Tattevin, Shaheen Mehtar, Fernando Lopes Cardoso, Serhat Unal, Ian Gould
The Antibiotic Stewardship and Resistance Working Groups of the International Society for Chemotherapy propose ten key points for the appropriate use of antibiotics in hospital settings. (i) Get appropriate microbiological samples before antibiotic administration and carefully interpret the results: in the absence of clinical signs of infection, colonisation rarely requires antimicrobial treatment. (ii) Avoid the use of antibiotics to 'treat' fever: use them to treat infections, and investigate the root cause of fever prior to starting treatment...
September 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Susan K Seo, Kaming Lo, Lilian M Abbo
OBJECTIVE To assess the extent of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) at solid organ transplant (SOT) and hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) centers in the United States. DESIGN An 18-item voluntary survey was developed to gauge current antimicrobial stewardship practices in transplant patients, examine the availability and perceived usefulness of novel diagnostics and azole levels to guide therapy, and identify challenges for implementation of ASPs at these centers. PARTICIPANTS The survey was distributed electronically to infectious disease physicians and pharmacists at adult and pediatric SOT and HCT centers during May 1-22, 2015...
October 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Humberto Guanche Garcell, Ariadna Villanueva Arias, Cristobal Pancorbo Sandoval, Moraima E Valle Gamboa, Adan Bode Sado, Ramon N Alfonso Serrano
Antibiotic use in appendectomy constitutes a fundamental practice to achieve the clinical outcomes and the prevention of surgical site infection. A prospective interventional study was performed in a community hospital from January 2013 to December 2015 with the aim of determining the effect of a focused antimicrobial stewardship program in the compliance with antibiotic prophylaxis and the antimicrobial consumption in appendectomies. The compliance with the antibiotic prophylaxis was monitored for the timing of administration, the selection and dose and the discontinuation...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Kari E Kurtzhalts, John A Sellick, Christine A Ruh, James F Carbo, Michael C Ott, Kari A Mergenhagen
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) on outcomes for inpatients with pneumonia, including length of stay, treatment duration, and 30-day readmission rates. METHODS: A retrospective chart review comparing outcomes of veterans admitted with pneumonia before (2005-2006) and after (2013-2014) implementation of an ASP was conducted; pneumonia was defined according to International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes...
July 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Adrian J Brink, Angeliki P Messina, Charles Feldman, Guy A Richards, Piet J Becker, Debra A Goff, Karri A Bauer, Dilip Nathwani, Dena van den Bergh
BACKGROUND: The available data on antimicrobial stewardship programmes in Africa are scarce. The aims of this study were to assess the implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship programme in a setting with limited infectious disease resources. METHODS: We implemented a pharmacist-driven, prospective audit and feedback strategy for antimicrobial stewardship on the basis of a range of improvement science and behavioural principles across a diverse group of urban and rural private hospitals in South Africa...
September 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Phuong-Tan Nguyen-Ha, Denise Howrie, Kelli Crowley, Carol G Vetterly, William McGhee, Donald Berry, Elizabeth Ferguson, Emily Polischuk, Maria Mori Brooks, Jeffrey Goff, Terri Stillwell, Toni Darville, Ann E Thompson, James E Levin, Marian G Michaels, Michael Green
BACKGROUND: Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines recommend that key antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) personnel include an infectious disease (ID) physician leader and dedicated ID-trained clinical pharmacist. Limited resources prompted development of an alternative model by using ID physicians and service-based clinical pharmacists at a pediatric hospital. The aim of this study was to analyze the effectiveness and impact of this alternative ASP model. METHODS: The collaborative ASP model incorporated key strategies of education, antimicrobial restriction, day 3 audits, and practice guidelines...
May 2016: Pediatrics
Emily L Heil, Joseph L Kuti, David T Bearden, Jason C Gallagher
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July 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
K de With, F Allerberger, S Amann, P Apfalter, H-R Brodt, T Eckmanns, M Fellhauer, H K Geiss, O Janata, R Krause, S Lemmen, E Meyer, H Mittermayer, U Porsche, E Presterl, S Reuter, B Sinha, R Strauß, A Wechsler-Fördös, C Wenisch, W V Kern
INTRODUCTION: In the time of increasing resistance and paucity of new drug development there is a growing need for strategies to enhance rational use of antibiotics in German and Austrian hospitals. An evidence-based guideline on recommendations for implementation of antibiotic stewardship (ABS) programmes was developed by the German Society for Infectious Diseases in association with the following societies, associations and institutions: German Society of Hospital Pharmacists, German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology, Paul Ehrlich Society for Chemotherapy, The Austrian Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Austrian Society for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Austrian Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Robert Koch Institute...
June 2016: Infection
Kristen Ellis, Georgina Rubal-Peace, Victoria Chang, Eva Liang, Nicolas Wong, Stephanie Campbell
Antimicrobial resistance is a growing public health concern. Antimicrobial stewardship and multi-disciplinary intervention can prevent inappropriate antimicrobial use and improve patient care. Special populations, especially older adults and patients with mental health disorders, can be particularly in need of such intervention. The purpose of this project was to assess the impact of pharmacist intervention on appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing on a geriatric psychiatric unit (GPU). Patients ≥18 years old prescribed oral antibiotics during GPU admission were included...
2016: Antibiotics
P Le Coz, J Carlet, F Roblot, C Pulcini
OBJECTIVE: In January 2015, the French ministry of Health set up a task force on antibiotic resistance. Members of the task force's "antimicrobial stewardship" group conducted a study to evaluate the human resources needed to implement all the required activities of the multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship teams (AST - antibiotic/infectious disease lead supervisors, microbiologists, and pharmacists) in French healthcare facilities. METHODS: We conducted an online cross-sectional nationwide survey...
June 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
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