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Five Reasons Why the C-Suite Should Care About Antimicrobial Stewardship

Posted on 09/22/16 | Comments

Antimicrobial stewardship has taken center stage as a healthcare industry priority. While clinical leaders are familiar with the need to combat growth of antibiotic resistant strains, many hospital and health system C-level executives are just beginning to move past a peripheral understanding of the problem’s scope.

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Infection Prevention Measures Included in CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing

Posted on 09/21/16 | Comments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program has increased focus on infection prevention over the last several years by tying a rising percentage of payments to outcome measures that include infection rates.

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Topics: Infection Prevention, value-based purchasing

Video: Five Facilities Using Sentri7 for Infection Prevention and Control

Posted on 09/15/16 | Comments

Sentri7 is a real-time clinical surveillance system that helps address infection prevention initiatives, including HAI prevention, MDRO management and isolation precaution management.

How are infection preventionists using Sentri7 to increase their consistency, accuracy and standardization of surveillance? Find out how in our video:

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Topics: Infection Prevention

Coming in 2017: New Joint Commission Antimicrobial Stewardship Standards

Posted on 09/14/16 | Comments

The convergence of a number of alarming trends is heightening focus on antimicrobial stewardship. Inappropriate use of antibiotics is rampant in today’s hospitals and health systems, leading to increased resistance to infectious organisms. In addition, subpar prescribing practices result in safety risks for patients, and overprescribing of antibiotics creates notable waste.

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A Pharmacist's Role in an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Posted on 09/08/16 | Comments

The pharmacist has central role in helping to arrest the creation of the antibiotic-resistant superbugs that have appeared in hospital environments, often with life-threatening consequences according to an article in Pharmacy Times.1

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Topics: antimicrobial stewardship

Video: Empowering Pharmacists to Improve Care Quality and Safety While Reducing Costs at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Posted on 09/07/16 | Comments

Pharmacists at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital used Sentri7 to help address their pharmacy initiatives. Using Sentri7 helped the pharmacy improve patient care while reducing costs. Find out how in this video:

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Topics: Pharmacy

How Clinical Decision Support Helps Improve Value Based Purchasing Measures

Posted on 09/01/16 | Comments

In the pay-for-performance environment in which hospitals now operate, meeting specific outcome goals and quality metrics directly affects hospital reimbursements. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has led this movement through its value-based purchasing program by rewarding improved clinical outcomes with incentive payments for reducing the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), surgical site infections (SSIs), and C. difficile infection (CDI).

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Topics: value-based purchasing

Webinar Preview: Challenges of Implementing Methods for Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Prediction in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Posted on 08/31/16 | Comments

The emergence of rapid diagnostic techniques in clinical microbiology have the potential to profoundly impact the care of patients with infectious diseases. Paramount to the successful implementation of such methods is careful coordination and communication with antimicrobial stewardship programs and the clinicians that will act on the results.

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Topics: antimicrobial stewardship

Video: Providing More Time for Infection Prevention and Control Activities at UnityPoint Health System

Posted on 08/25/16 | Comments

Sentri7 is a real-time clinical surveillance system that helps infection preventionists streamline their workflow for detecting healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and managing isolation precautions. 

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Topics: Infection Prevention

Antimicrobial Stewardship Is Crucial for Value Based Purchasing Programs

Posted on 08/24/16 | Comments

The move from fee-for-service models to value-based purchasing in healthcare has significantly elevated the profile of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). ASPs drive implementation of stewardship policies that ensure proper use of antimicrobials, slow emergence of resistant organisms and improve susceptibility patterns. These programs serve a critical function in meeting quality metrics directly tied to reimbursement rates and financial penalties.1

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Topics: antimicrobial stewardship