Antibiotic Awareness Week – November 13-19, 2017

“Antibiotic Awareness Week” starts next Monday, November 13. According to Tawes Harper, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, clinical pharmacist specialist.

The week-long observance provides the opportunity to educate staff regarding various issues related to Infectious Disease and this is the second year that the Antimicrobial Stewardship will be holding daily learning activities.

Antimicrobial stewardship is a multidisciplinary approach (involving Infection Diseases specialists, physicians, Infection Prevention and Control, Microbiology, Pharmacy and IT) whose purpose is to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, help curb the development of resistant organisms and improve patient outcomes. The Antimicrobial Stewardship program has been in formal existence at UM Shore Regional Health since 2008 and is involved with monthly educational promotions and quarterly reviews of antimicrobial prescribing within the system.

This is the second year that UM SRH is participating in Antibiotic Awareness Week, which will feature daily education sessions on topics such as antibiotic resistance, C. difficile infection and whether or not someone has a true penicillin allergy. Prescribers, nurses and patients are the main audience and outreach will be conducted primarily in-person, such as during shift change, in order to reach as many personnel as possible.

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