Appropriate Use of Antibiotics also known as Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antibiotics are the most important tool we have to combat life-threatening bacterial diseases, but antibiotics can have side effects.
Antibiotic overuse increases the development of drug-resistant germs.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health threats
Patients, healthcare providers, hospital administrators, and policy makers must work together to employ effective strategies for improving antibiotic use - ultimately improving medical care and saving lives.

Why does St. Luke's focus on Antimicrobial Stewardship?

"to promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials - the right selection, duration, dose, and route of administration. Promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials is intended to improve clinical outcomes by reducing the emergence of resistance, limiting drug-related adverse events, and minimizing the risk of unintentional consequences associated with antimicrobial use (such as increased risk of Clostridium difficile infection)." Supplement to Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy JMCP March 2009 Vol. 15, No. 2

What does this mean:

The right antibiotic
For the right length of time
In the right dose
And by the correct route

It's all about Patient Safety

Members of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team at St. Luke's Hospital:
Dr. Thomas Dashiell, Hospitalist
Ken Shull, CEO
Lynn Crocker, Pharmacist
Sandy Brooks, VP Patient Care Services
Norman Lewis, Micro Lead Tech in Lab
Kelly Bradley, Nursing Supervisor
Megan Parker, Infection Preventionist

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Physicians, you can contact Megan Parker if you'd like a copy of St. Luke's Hospital's antibiograms.

For more information, contact Megan Parker, RN, Infection Preventionist.