Antimicrobial Stewardship for the Community Hospital: Practical Tools & Techniques for Implementation
Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem worldwide. National and international organizations have recognized this growing problem and have published guidelines and recommendations to combat it. Despite the recognition of the merits and benefits of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP), only 48% of all US hospitals currently have an ASP in place. Although antimicrobial resistance is a worldwide concern, it is first and foremost a local problem. Hospitals, as the primary incubators of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, carry the highest responsibility for proper stewardship of our antimicrobial resources. This educational initiative is designed to overcome and address the barriers to facilitate practical implementation of ASPs in the community hospital setting led by the hospital pharmacist and infectious disease specialist in conjunction with other collaborating physician specialties.
This CME/CE activity was recorded during a scientific roundtable meeting that was presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and titled "Antimicrobial Stewardship for the Community Hospital: Practical Tools & Techniques for Implementation," which took place on August 24, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cooperating Organizations for this initiative include the American Medical Association, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.
Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Continuum of Care: Winning the War One Battle at a Time
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and Medscape is proud to offer a free continuing education (CME and CE) activity titled “Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Continuum of Care: Winning the War One Battle at a Time” now on Medscape. The CME and CE offer includes a roundtable discussion with antimicrobial resistance and stewardship experts and is intended for clinicians who regularly prescribe antibiotics.
Improving antibiotic use in this country is imperative. The goal of this activity is to raise awareness of the potential public health crisis created by inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and antibiotic resistance in the United States in an effort to motivate clinicians to change the prescribing practices that created the problem. At the completion of the 45-minute program clinicians should be able to:
- Identify the most important contributing factors for development of antimicrobial resistance;
- Recognize patient and provider pressures for prescribing antibiotics;
- And identify ways to optimize antimicrobial therapy through stewardship initiatives.
Roadmap for HAI Prevention Research: Bench to Bedside and Back
Continuing education on healthcare associated infection prevention and research is now available on Medscape.
This CME and CE offer, Roadmap for HAI Prevention Research: Bench to Bedside and Back, includes a roundtable discussion with four infection prevention experts aimed at improving clinical decision making among clinicians caring for patients in acute care and extended care settings by highlighting hospital-acquired infection prevention measures with a solid evidence base.
The 50-min activity is relevant for hospitalists, intensivists, emergency department physicians, surgeons, infectious disease specialists, epidemiologists, preventionists, nurses, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants.
CDC is proud to offer this continuing education activity in collaboration with our partners at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Medscape.