• Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in hospitals increased significantly from 2006-2012, a trend researchers describe as worrisome in light of the rising challenge of antibiotic resistance. To help hospitals and other acute care settings improve their stewardship of antibiotics, the National Quality Forum (NQF) will host a fully accredited workshop on November 15 on preventing the misuse and overuse of antibiotics.

    “The antibiotic crisis represents a real, and growing, threat to patient safety,” said Edward Septimus, MD, medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology, HCA, who co-chaired NQF’s National Quality Partners™ (NQP) antibiotic stewardship action team. “NQF is sharing important guidance for hospitals to implement effective antibiotic stewardship programs that engage the entire community—both inside and beyond hospitals’ walls.”

    The workshop is designed for quality improvement professionals in acute care settings and builds on NQF’s National Quality Partners Playbook™: Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care, which is based on CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs and offers practical strategies for implementing high-quality antibiotic stewardship programs in hospitals nationwide. The workshop has been approved for up to 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for physicians, 5.75 continuing nursing credits, 5.75 continuing pharmacy credits, and 5.75 CPHQ continuing education hours.

    A faculty of national experts in antibiotic stewardship, patient safety, and quality will provide real-world guidance and education to help workshop participants:

    • Understand common barriers to successful antibiotic stewardship programs and identify corresponding solutions from a multidisciplinary perspective;
    • Build upon existing antibiotic stewardship programs;
    • Develop approaches to measure antibiotic stewardship and identify opportunities for improvement.

    Workshop faculty include:

    • Ed Septimus, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, Vice President, Research and Infectious Diseases, HCA Clinical Services Group
    • Melinda Neuhauser, PharmD, MPH, Pharmacist and Acute Care Lead Office, Antibiotic Stewardship Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Kristi Kuper, PharmD, BCPS, Senior Clinical Manager, Infectious Diseases, Vizient, Inc.
    • David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission
    • Rita Olans, DNP, CPNP, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions
    • Ann Latstetter, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Clinical Resources, Capital Division, HCA
    • Christian John Lillis, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Peggy Lillis Foundation
    • Daniel Knecht, MD, MBA, Head of Clinical Strategy, Aetna

    Learn more and register today as space is limited!

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