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Antimicrobial Stewardship: Preserving the Future

Published November 13, 2017

The clinicians involved in antimicrobial stewardship at UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, and Nebraska ASAP will be discussing the role antimicrobial stewardship play in various health care settings.  We will be posting daily during Antibiotic Awareness Week covering topics including stewardship in larger hospitals, small/critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory settings. The introductory blog post titled… Read More

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Signs Proclamation Declaring November 13 to 19 Antibiotic Awareness Week

Published November 9, 2017

On November 8th, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a Proclamation in the Nebraska State Capitol declaring November 13 to 19, 2017 Antibiotic Awareness Week which coincides with CDC efforts to highlight the same issue.  The proclamation signing was largely due to the efforts of Dr. Maureen Tierney, leader of the Nebraska’s Healthcare Associated Infections Program, who… Read More

AMDA Publishes ASP Policy Template for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings

Published November 7, 2017

Antibiotic use is common in long-term care facility (LTCF) with 70% of residents receiving at least one course of systemic antibiotic every year.  A significant proportion of the antibiotic use (40% to 75%) in nursing homes has been found to be unnecessary or inappropriate.  Antibiotic exposure drives selection for multidrug resistant organisms and C difficile infections. … Read More

CDC Designates November 13-19, 2017 Antibiotic Awareness Week

Published October 24, 2017

CDC has designated November 13-19, 2017 as Antibiotic Awareness Week.  Formerly known as Get Smart About Antibiotic Week, the goal of this one-week observance is to raise awareness of appropriate antibiotic use in the United States.  As in previous years, CDC has suggested a list of activities to promote appropriate antibiotic use which include: Highlight… Read More

Blue Cross Blue Shield Report Shows Drop in Antibiotic Prescription Fill Rates

Published September 26, 2017

A report published by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in partnership with HealthCore and Blue Health Intelligence, indicates a reduction in the fill rate of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions in the US.  This report examined the number of antibiotic prescriptions filled between 2010 and 2016 by commercially insured members after an outpatient clinic visit.  Key… Read More

New CDC Report Highlights the State of Antibiotic Use in the US

Published August 29, 2017

On July 27th, CDC published a new report entitled Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017: Progress and Opportunities.  This report provides a summary of the current state of antibiotic use in various healthcare settings (hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics) in the United States.  It highlights efforts and resources that support healthcare providers and… Read More

Think Fungus: Fungal Disease Awareness Week

Published August 15, 2017

With a recent surge in the number of Candida auris infections, the CDC has designated 8/14/17-8/18/17 Fungal Infection Awareness Week.  CDC and partners organized this effort to raise awareness of recognizing serious fungal infection early in a patient’s disease process so that timely and life-saving treatment can be provided.  Go to CDC’s Think Fungus: Fungal Disease Awareness… Read More

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