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DICON/DASON Symposium 2019
November 7-8, 2019
Raleigh Convention Center
Downtown Raleigh, NC
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CDC AMR Challenge

The U.S. government’s Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge is a yearlong effort to accelerate the fight against antimicrobial resistance across the globe that launched at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018. 



New: FAQs

DASON member hospitals now have access to a regularly updated antimicrobial stewardship FAQs page

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Improving Patient Care and Patient Safety

DASON exists in order to help community hospitals address unnecessary antimicrobial use developing an evidence-based, state-of-the art antimicrobial stewardship network.


Total duration of antimicrobial therapy resulting from inpatient hospitalization

On May 28, 2019 a paper that DASON staff, DCASIP faculty, and Duke Health Pharmacy staff have been working on was published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. The purpose of this work was to assess the feasibility of electronic data capture of post discharge durations and evaluate total durations of anyimicrobial exposure related to inpatient hospital stays. 

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UPDATE: ALL Piedmont Hospitals Now Recognized on the Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship

As of February 2019, all Piedmont Hospitals have achieved recognition on the Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship. This recognition is valid for a period of 3 years before renewal.  Each of the hospitals are listed below with their level of recognition.  All of the hospitals on the Honor Roll are listed on the Georgia Department of Public Health website here.  The toolkit and checklists are also available on this website, and each provides an overview of the requirements for each level of recognition.

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Seven DASON Hospitals Listed on Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship

The Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship was established in 2014 by the Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee, a part of the Georgia Department of Public Health. The original goal of the program was the provide an incentive for acute care facilities and critical access hospitals to engage in antimicrobial stewardship.

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The impact of an effective antimicrobial stewardship on patient safety, better patient outcomes, hospital costs, and reducing antimicrobial resistance are enormous.

—Dan Sexton, MD, Medical Director of DASON

The resources and support we have received from DASON have allowed us to move projects forward in our antimicrobial stewardship efforts much more quickly and effectively than we could ever have done on our own.

—Mary Mallory, RPh, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Iredell Memorial Hospital