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Five Ways to Improve Clinical Care and the Bottom Line

Posted on 06/06/18 | Comments

Use of clinical surveillance solutions has emerged in recent years as a proven best practice for delivering proactive, quality-focused care that drives tangible outcomes improvement. Hospitals are increasingly leveraging the streamlined, data-driven workflows powered by these solutions to elevate high-level initiatives geared at improving outcomes and lowering costs.

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Topics: Infection Prevention, Clinical Surveillance, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Moving Towards High Performance

Posted on 08/30/17 | Comments

Sentri7 Antimicrobial Use Reporting functionality streamlines pharmacy workflows

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Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Creating a Culture of Collaboration to Elevate Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship

Posted on 06/01/17 | Comments

Raising the bar on quality performance in today’s hospitals and health systems requires a systematic approach to combatting healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand.

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Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Spotlight on Clinical Surveillance: How Three Health Systems Are Unlocking the Power of Data

Posted on 05/23/17 | Comments

Healthcare organizations are increasingly leveraging the power of clinical surveillance systems to comply with state and federal mandates and optimize care delivery through more proactive identification and treatment of patient issues. Scalable clinical decision support (CDS) surveillance solutions, such as Sentri7®, are improving outcomes by addressing a wide range of clinical challenges faced by today’s hospitals and health systems. In fact, here’s a look at how three forward-looking groups are more effectively addressing high-level initiatives such as medication management, infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship through these advanced, technology-enabled workflows.

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Topics: Infection Prevention, Clinical Surveillance, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Quality Performance: What is the Pharmacist's Role?

Posted on 05/16/17 | Comments

Quality management in today’s hospitals and health systems demands greater clinical collaboration to optimize care delivery within the parameters of value-based care. A true multi-disciplinary approach is characterized by each clinical function—whether pharmacy, infection prevention, nursing, physician or others—filling a critical role in optimal care delivery. For pharmacists, the mission is sharply focused on ensuring appropriate medication use, such as driving improved performance with antimicrobial stewardship to minimize the potential for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Pharmacists are leading efforts to improve patient safety related to medications, such as preventing adverse drug events (ADEs). Consider the following:

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Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship

U.S. Children Experiencing Increase in Antibiotic Resistance

Posted on 03/16/17 | Comments

An escalation in multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections and outbreaks among children in U.S. intensive care units has caused alarm among providers. Bacterial infections, including Enterobacteriaceae, are resistant to numerous drugs and are especially concerning for children, who often have less-developed immune systems and limited options for broad-spectrum antibiotics. Fewer options ultimately equates to an increased risk of death.
In response, healthcare organizations must take greater responsibility in implementing antimicrobial stewardship initiatives and interventions aimed at protecting their most vulnerable populations. Consider that findings from a recent study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society revealed that U.S. children are experiencing more than a 700 percent increase in Enterobacteriaceae-associated infections. This growing issue fuels longer hospital stays and increased mortality risk. Further, many of the pediatric patients studied had already acquired the infection before they were admitted to the hospital, indicating exposure from environmental sources.
Between 2007 and 2015, researchers analyzed data from approximately 94,000 pediatric patients who were diagnosed with Enterobacteriaceae-associated infections throughout 48 children's hospitals across the nation. The study revealed infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria from the Enterobacteriaceae family increased from 0.2 percent in 2007 to 1.5 percent in 2015. Additionally, these patients experienced a 20 percent increase in hospital stays than patients with infections who were not resistant to antibiotics.

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Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial Stewardship and Rapid Diagnostic Testing: The role of the pharmacist in optimizing data and technology

Posted on 03/02/17 | Comments

Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are increasingly recognized as important and effective strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance and related mortalities. 

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Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship

CDC Expands Core Elements for Antimicrobial Stewardship to Outpatient Settings

Posted on 02/21/17 | Comments

Antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship is an imperative across all health care settings in light of nearly 23,000 annual U.S. mortalities related to antibiotic resistance. In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Core Elements of Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs has been recognized as an industry best practice for improving the outlook. Expanding on those best practices, the government agency recently released the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship following the 2015 release of the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes. The four elements of outpatient antibiotic stewardship include commitment, action for policy and practice, tracking and reporting, as well as education and expertise.

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Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship with Limited Clinical Resources

Posted on 02/16/17 | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 20 to 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed in U.S. acute care hospitals are unnecessary or used inappropriately. In an effort to curb rising mortality rates and antimicrobial resistance, the CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs recommends that pharmacists and physicians with formal training in infectious diseases (ID) and/or antibiotic stewardship spearhead the development and management of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP).

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Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: Moving Towards High Performance

Posted on 02/02/17 | Comments

The National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and subsequent U.S. regulatory movements have moved efforts to establish formal antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) front and center. In the wake of new Joint Commission antimicrobial stewardship requirements and coming mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals and health systems increasingly recognize the importance of implementing sustainable strategies. Yet, many lack the resources and know-how needed to move programs from infancy to maturity.

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Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship