Terrebonne General Medical Center’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Team is one of just a few hospitals in the state to take part in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Program, a Johns Hopkins program for improving antibiotic use.
The goals of the antibiotic stewardship program are to ensure that all patients requiring antibiotics receive the proper drug at the right dose and for the right amount of time based on their condition. This is to avoid the use of antibiotics where they will not benefit from them and/or where harm could be done.
By participating in the program, TGMC was able to reduce unnecessary antibiotic rates and decrease infection rates.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Team was led by Dr. Nicole McKee and it consisted of an interdisciplinary group of clinicians from Pharmacy, Infection Control, Lab and Dr. Mary Eschete, an Infectious Disease Specialist on a consultative basis.
Direction was obtained from the team’s interactions with the Medical Staff Performance Improvement Committee, Infection Control Committee and the Quality and Safety Council.
The Team worked to improve patient care outcomes and safety through identification and analysis of antimicrobial use at TGMC through clinical interventions, guideline and protocol development, reporting systems, education and other clinical decision support tools and practices in order to improve antimicrobial drug utilization, reduce antimicrobial drug costs and decrease the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.
“We are proud to have participated in the AHRQ Safety Program through John Hopkins,” said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO. “We are constantly striving to improve patient outcomes, and thanks to the dedication of our physicians, staff, and administration we were able to achieve a positive impact that resulted in a proactive approach to better patient care.”