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%) of all antibiotic use in hospitals and outpatient setting and up to 75% of antibiotic use in long-term care facilities have been found to be inappropriate. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) have been shown to be effective in decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use in all of these settings. However, there is a shortage of infectious diseases (ID) trained physicians and pharmacists who can assist healthcare facilities in such efforts, especially in heavily rural states such as Nebraska. Additionally, many of these facilities may lack the resources necessary to effectively implement an ASP.
The Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program (ASAP) is funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Healthcare-Associated Infection Team through a CDC grant. It is closely affiliated with the nationally recognized ASP at Nebraska Medicine. The ASAP program employs ID trained pharmacists, ID trained medical directors and infection preventionists with extensive experience in establishing and running successful infection control and antimicrobial stewardship programs. The goal of ASAP is to promote effective use of antimicrobials and improve patient outcomes throughout the state of Nebraska by collaborating with local clinicians, pharmacists, infection preventionists and other health care workers. The team is working diligently to establish effective ASP in all healthcare facilities, especially those that lack the expertise to develop or improve these programs on their own.
The highlights of Nebraska ASAP initiative include:
Notable achievements of Nebraska ASAP initiative include:
Upcoming activities of Nebraska ASAP initiative include:
Content originally posted to UNMC ID Blog on November 15, 2018.
Page last reviewed: November 15, 2018