December 13, 2019
Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus Awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Antimicrobial Stewardship
December 9, 2019 – The Washington State Department of Health awarded Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus a Certificate of Recognition for Antimicrobial Stewardship. Only 11 Critical Access Hospitals in Washington State were awarded this recognition.
The Certificate of Recognition for Antimicrobial Stewardship is given to facilities that work to improve antibiotic use, reduce antibiotic resistance, and improve patient outcomes by establishing an antibiotic stewardship program that meets the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) core elements of antibiotic stewardship. Core elements include a commitment from hospital leadership, oversight from an infectious diseases physician, working with pharmacy and providers to develop a prescribing improvement action plan, tracking and reporting of antibiotic use, and continued education to healthcare providers.
Antibiotic stewardship is an effort to measure and improve how clinicians prescribe antibiotics. According to the CDC, 20-50% of all antibiotics prescribed are not needed or are incorrectly prescribed. Unnecessary antibiotics do not help. They can hurt patients and often lead to side-effects including, antibiotic resistance, increased healthcare costs and length of stay, as well as healthcare-associated infections such as Clostridiodes difficile (also called C.diff). Improving antibiotic prescribing is therefore critical and is the number one goal for the U.S. National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
"The Washington State Department of Health recently honored and commended Tri-State Memorial Hospital for working to improve antibiotic use,” said Anubhav Kanwar, MD, of Tri-State Infectious Disease, HIV & Travel Clinic, and lead physician overseeing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. “Tri-State providers will continue to improve their antibiotic use with the aim of keeping patients' health as their first priority."