ASAP News & Highlights

Minimizing the Impact of Antimicrobial Resistance: A Summary of the 2020-2025 CDC National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Published November 18, 2021

Health and life expectancy in the US have improved due to the reduction in deaths caused by bacterial infections achieved through discovery and development of antibiotics, improved hygiene and sanitation, and vaccinations. However, the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance presents challenges to current infection prevention and treatment strategies. According to the CDC, it is… Read More

Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Assessment Tool

Published November 25, 2020

Due to the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, antibiotic stewardship is a vital function within healthcare systems to ensure that antibiotics are being used appropriately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines antibiotic stewardship as “the effort to measure antibiotic prescribing; to improve antibiotic prescribing by clinicians and use by patients so that… Read More

Why Antimicrobial Stewardship Matters: A Summary of the 2019 CDC Report on Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the US

Published November 18, 2020

Source: CDC Antibiotic Threats in the United States, 2019. Available from: In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated report of Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States. This update is the first since 2013 and comes with an updated and expanded list of threats as seen in the… Read More

Guidance for the Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Published August 25, 2020

Proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) are one of the most commonly used classes of drugs, due in part to their presumed safety and tolerability. These drugs work by blocking gastric acid secretion, giving them a vital role in the management of acid-related disorders such as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome or erosive esophagitis. As PPI use has continued to… Read More

CDC Updates Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

Published December 2, 2019

In November 2019, CDC revised the Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs to provide an updated framework to assist hospitals with implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP).  This revised document incorporate lessons learned and new data in the field of antibiotic stewardship since the initial publication of the previous edition in 2014. In this… Read More

The State of Antimicrobial Stewardship In the U.S. and Nebraska

Published November 21, 2019

Antimicrobial stewardship is the coordinated efforts to prescribe antimicrobial appropriately and consume antimicrobial responsibly in order to maximize clinical outcomes while minimizing unintended consequences of antimicrobial use.  In recent years, major emphasis from the human and animal health sectors as well as public health and regulatory agencies has been placed on the implementation of antimicrobial… Read More

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