In December, we announced that three of our DASON hospitals are participating in the STewardship of Antimicrobial Resources (STAR) Partners Initiative, which is part of the A part of the NC SHARPPS program. Check out the original announcement here.
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.
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.
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.