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.
A part of the NC SHARPPS program (learn about that here), the STewardship of Antimicrobial Resources (STAR) Partners Initiative will include activities related to the implementation of antimicrbial stewardship programs in healthcare facilities throughout North Carolina.
Libby Dodds-Ashley talks about the 2-day Antimicrobial Stewardship Research Workshop, hosted by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and how it brings together physicians, pharmacists, and other health professionals to learn how to study and assess the performance of antibiotic stewardship interventions.
Read the full article from CIDRAP here.
Many drug companies have announced plans to stop development of antibiotics for financial reasons. In a recent article in Healio, DASON director and Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists President Libby Dodds Ashley spoke about the importance of continuing to develop new antibiotics.
It’s the one area that drug companies are abandoning and it’s the one drug class that will always need more drugs. ... It’s unfortunate that many companies are being forced out of that marketplace because of understandable but financial reasons.
The impact of an effective antimicrobial stewardship on patient safety, better patient outcomes, hospital costs, and reducing antimicrobial resistance are enormous.
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.