Antibiotic Stewardship Series: Using the Core Elements to Promote Innovation

Antibiotic stewardship is the effort to measure antibiotic prescribing; to improve antibiotic prescribing by clinicians and use by patients so that antibiotics are only prescribed and used when needed; to minimize misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses leading to underuse of antibiotics; and to ensure that the right drug, dose, and duration are selected when an antibiotic is needed. In 2014, the CDC released the Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in an effort to measure and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients. This educational series will review the core elements and how critical access hospitals can establish effective antibiotic stewardship interventions for a successful NHSN annual survey.

Funding for this webinar series was provided by the Health Resources Services Administration, Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 93.241).

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists
  • Nurse leaders
  • Quality professionals
  • Infection preventionists
  • Antibiotic stewardship team members

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize antibiotic stewardship core elements to complete the NHSN annual survey
  • Identify best practices of stewardship through hospital sharing
  • Review accomplishments of successful implementation
Course summary
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  • Session 1: Leadership Commitment + Accountability
    • January 31, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
  • Coaching Call: Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements
    • February 14, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
  • Session 2: Drug Expertise + Action
    • February 28, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
  • Session 3: Tracking, Reporting + Education
    • March 21, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Registration (Link)
  • Session 4: Review of Accomplishments 
    • April 25, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Regsitration (Link)

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Brian J. Isetts, RPh, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA

Brian Isetts is a Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and a pharmacist with over 25 years of experience working as a nursing home consultant, and in community and institutional practice. Dr. Isetts has distinguished himself as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist to improve medication effectiveness and safety for patients of all ages. Brian received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin, and his PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. Brian also serves as Pharmacy’s Primary Advisor to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel working to recognize and report pharmacists’ medication therapy management (MTM) services within official CPT health reporting and billing nomenclature. In addition, he is the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Investigator for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program funded through a five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

No continuing education is provided for this course. The user will receive a certificate of completion upon completing the course.

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