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Consultant Pharmacist Training to Promote and Support Antimicrobial Stewardship in Long-Term Care

A UNMC ID Project ECHO Series

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative telementoring program designed to create virtual communities of learners by bringing together healthcare providers and subject matter experts using videoconference technology, brief lecture presentations, and case-based or situation-based learning.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

Consultant Pharmacists in Long-Term Care Settings and dispensing pharmacists for Long-Term Care Settings.

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Program Overview

This program consists of a free, year-long educational series through UNMC ID Project ECHO.

Participants will begin August 2023 and continue through January 2024 with monthly webinars on topics related to consultant pharmacist incorporation into antimicrobial stewardship in long-term care. These sessions will also be recorded.

After the monthly educational sessions conclude, four office hours sessions will be held once a month from March 2024–June 2024. Participants will have an opportunity to learn skills for successful antimicrobial stewardship efforts while interacting with other consultant pharmacists.

Participants who successfully complete all 6 didactic sessions and at least 2 of 4 office hours sessions (participation confirmed by submission of completed evaluations) will receive a certificate of completion from NE ASAP.

Program Objectives

  1. Explain appropriate antibiotic prescribing and utilization in long-term care settings using the CDC Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes as a framework.
  2. Implement and sustain quality improvement initiatives related to antibiotic stewardship through development of an antibiotic stewardship program in the facility.
  3. Promote the use of data-driven decision-making for optimizing antibiotic prescribing practices.
  4. Summarize antibiotic stewardship fundamentals, including microbiology, adverse events, drug interactions, and renal dose adjustments.
  5. Describe strategies for effective antibiotic stewardship communication, education to various audiences, and navigation of barriers in an interactive group setting.

Past Didactic Sessions

Session I: Introduction to the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes

Upcoming Didactic Sessions

Session II: Appropriateness of Antibiotics for Infections in Long-Term Care

Date/Time: Friday, September 22, 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 CST

Session III: Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Implementation and Practical Implementation Toolkit, Date/Time: Friday, October 27, 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 CST

Session IV: Using Data to Drive an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Date/Time: Friday, November 17, 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 CST

Session V: Microbiology 101 for the Consultant Pharmacist

Date/Time: Friday, December 15, 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 CST

Session VI: Optimizing Antibiotic Therapy: Managing Adverse Events, Drug Interactions,

and Renal Adjustments, Date/Time: Friday, January 26, 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 CST

Office Hours Sessions

Session I: Becoming an Effective Antimicrobial Stewardship Educator, Date TBD: March 2024

Session II: Communication Strategies for Antimicrobial Stewards, Date TBD: April 2024

Session III: Putting Antimicrobial Stewardship Data into Action, Date TBD: May 2024

Session IV: Navigating barriers in Antimicrobial Stewardship, Date TBD: June 2024

Program Faculty

M. Salman Ashraf, MBBS

Medical Director, Nebraska DHHS Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program Associate Professor, UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases,

Department of Internal Medicine

Richard Hankins, MD

Assistant Professor, UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal

Medicine, Associate Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship, NE Medicine Bellevue

Clayton Mowrer, DO, MBA

Leadership in Epidemiology, Antibiotic Stewardship, and Public Health CDC Fellow, University of NE Medical Center

Alex Neukirch, PharmD

Consultant Pharmacist, Consonus Pharmacy

Jenna Preusker, PharmD, BCPS

Pharmacist Coordinator, NE Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program, NE Medicine Pharmacist, NE DHHS Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program

Trevor VanSchooneveld, MD

Professor, UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine

Director, UNMC Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, Medical Director, NE Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Co-Medical Director, NE Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program, NE Medicine

Provider Statement

The Nebraska Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. CPE Credit will be issued upon successful completion of each session evaluation (including learning assessment questions), with each session providing 0.1 CEU. Participants have 30 days following the session to complete the session evaluation.

 

 

 

Email: Jenna Preusker, PharmD with any questions at: jepreusker@nebraskamed.com

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