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Educational Activities for US Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019

Published November 15, 2019

Next week (November 18-24, 2019) has been designated as the U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week.  In recognition of this week-long observance to promote appropriate antimicrobial use, a number of educational webinars hosted by national organizations are available.  Below is a list of free webinars planned.  Please register early. Webinar 1 Date/Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 1:00-2:00… Read More

Governor Pete Ricketts Proclaims November 18-24 Antibiotic Awareness Week in Nebraska

Published November 6, 2019

Front row, left to right: Dr. Tom Safranek (State Epidemiologist, NE DHHS), Dr. Janine Fromm (Executive Medical Director, NE DHHS), Governor Pete Ricketts, Felicia Quintana-Zinn (Interim Deputy Director, NE DHHS), Dr. Maureen Tierney (Head of HAI/AR Team, NE DHHS), Dr. Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed (HAI/AR Epidemiologist, NE DHHS), Dr. Philip Chung (Pharmacy Coordinator, NE ASAP), Sarah Hunter… Read More

Are You Antibiotic Aware? The U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 18-24, 2019

Published November 1, 2019

The US Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is set to take place during the week of November 18 to 24 this year and coincide with similar events in Canada, Australia, Europe and one organized by the World Health Organization. Antibiotics are an important resource for saving lives, making their appropriate use a critical issue in healthcare. … Read More

CMS Finalized New Conditions of Participation for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

Published October 11, 2019

On September 30th, 2019, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized a new set of Conditions of Participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAH) that were originally proposed in June 2016.  These regulations are intended to ensure hospitals and CAH conform to current practice standards and support improvements in quality of patient care. … Read More

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