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Five New Tools for the Month of May

Published May 28, 2019

A number of new tools have been posted during the month of May.  A brief description of each tool is provided below.  Click on the each link to download the tools. Algorithm for Management of Suspected Urinary Tract Infections in Long-Term Care Residents: This tool precisely outlines clinical parameters that should be considered when a… Read More

How Nebraska ASAP Is Making Everyone Antibiotic Aware

Published November 15, 2018

Written by Dr. M. Salman Ashraf, Nebraska ASAP Co-Medical Director Antibiotic Resistance is one of the most urgent threats to the public health. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics allows the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Unfortunately, a significant proportion of antibiotic use in various healthcare settings continues to be unnecessary or inappropriate. About a third (30%)… Read More

The U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week Kicks Off Today

Published November 12, 2018

          Today marks the start of the start of the U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week.  Below is a list of suggests from the CDC on how to participate in this annual observance: Use and share Be Antibiotic Aware educational materials Join leaders worldwide and make a commitment to The AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance)… Read More

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 12-18, 2018

Published November 6, 2018

This year the U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) will run between November 12 to 18.  Organized by the CDC, this week long campaign brings awareness to healthcare professionals and the public on the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of using antibiotic appropriately. The CDC has prepared a partner toolkit for institutions that want… Read More

Does Piperacillin-Tazobactam Measure Up to Meropenem for ESBL Bloodstream Infections?

Published October 15, 2018

Extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Gram negative bacilli (GNB) have been classified by the CDC as a serious threat in its report Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.  Based on conservative estimates, ESBL-producing GNB are responsible for at least 26,000 infections and 1,700 deaths annually. While carbapenems (e.g., meropenem, imipenem-cilastatin, doripenem, and ertapenem) are considered… Read More

Implementing Antimicrobial Stewardship Efforts Across Different Healthcare Settings

Published August 8, 2018

 The CDC recommends implementation of antimicrobial stewardship efforts across various healthcare settings (acute, post-acute and long-term, and ambulatory care) as a way to improve antimicrobial prescribing and ultimately to improve patient safety and care.  Although various antimicrobial stewardship guidance documents serve as outlines for implementation, they are not detailed plans on how to bring AS… Read More

Regulatory Requirements for ASP in Different Healthcare Settings

Published August 1, 2018

By now, you are probably aware of the regulations and accreditation requirements for antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) in the acute, long-term, and ambulatory care settings.  If you don’t know or remember all the details, you can review the videos from Drs. Bergman’s and Dr. Crnich’s talks on these topics presented during the Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship… Read More

Management of Common Infections in Long-Term Care

Published July 25, 2018

During the Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit on June 1st, 2018, Dr. Christopher Crnich from the University of Wisconsin at Madison delivered an excellent review on the management of common infections in long-term care.  Dr. Crnich reviewed the management of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), and what he called ‘pus infections’ which included urinary tract infections (UTI),… Read More

New CDC Antibiotic Stewardship Training Targets Outpatient Settings

Published July 18, 2018

This week, CDC launched the second installment of the free web-based antibiotic stewardship training.  The first installment, which include 3 modules, was launched in February this year.  It provided an overview on the threat of antibiotic resistance and the benefits of antimicrobial stewardship programs in combating this threat.  The current installment, which is divided in… Read More

Antimicrobial Stewardship and Rapid Diagnostic Testing in Acute Care

Published June 21, 2018

Implementation of effective antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) typically requires a multipronged approach.  The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America Guidelines on ASP implementation recommend the use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) that include active ASP interventions as one such approach to improve clinical outcomes and reduce inappropriate antimicrobial… Read More