Jefferson Healthcare Recognized on the WA DOH Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll

2/13/2018

Jefferson Healthcare Recognized on the WA DOH Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll

Jefferson Healthcare has been recognized on the Washington State Department of Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll.  Jefferson was acknowledged for the hospital’s hard work and commitment to using the right antibiotic for the right reason, every time.  The certification affirms that Jefferson Healthcare incorporates the seven key core elements into their Antimicrobial Stewardship Program:  Leadership commitment, accountability for program outcomes, drug expertise, improvement action, tracking and monitoring, regular reporting and education practices about antibiotic resistance.

Jefferson Healthcare’s providers and staff began to incorporate the seven key care elements of the stewardship program as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over two years ago.  The dedication and commitment to keep patients safe has made Jefferson Healthcare the first Critical Access Hospital to be recognized in Washington State. 

“Through leadership commitment, medical staff engagement, data and real time feedback and the development of policies, procedures and training we are making a difference.  Our goal is prescribing the right antibiotic at the right time, in the right dose, and for the right duration,” said Brandie Manuel, Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for Jefferson Healthcare.

Jefferson Healthcare created a team who has worked to implement and hardwire best practices to implement safe prescribing practices.  The team led by Dr. Tracie Harris includes Dr. Joe Mattern, Cheryl Gomez, CI,, Lanny Turay, Shannon DeWolf, Laura Showers, Christine Roberts, Cindy Fox, Brandie Manuel and Penny Westerfield.

Antibiotics are drugs used to treat bacterial infections. They are part of a larger group of drugs known as antimicrobials. Antibiotics are one of the 20th century’s most important medical discoveries. These medicines make treating bacterial infections possible and have saved many lives. However, antibiotics are often taken incorrectly. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. In the healthcare setting, antibiotic stewardship is a patient safety practice that ensures antibiotics are prescribed correctly and only when needed. Stewardship improves individual patient outcomes by ensuring that patients get effective treatment and avoid preventable antibiotic-associated complications like antibiotic resistance, diarrhea (including Clostridium difficile or “C. diff”) and allergic reactions.

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