Each year, more strains of infectious bacteria become increasingly resistant to the medications used to kill them. Misuse and overuse of antibiotics is the major contributing factor to this trend. Consequences for those affected by antibiotic-resistant organisms include life-threatening infections along with more frequent and longer hospital stays.
Worldwide, and especially in the US, this is one of the most dire public health concerns, and a number of healthcare organizations are committed to raising awareness of and managing this serious problem. In 2018, all acute care hospitals participating in Medicare and Medicaid must implement an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. By 2020, all healthcare delivery systems must demonstrate some level of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. As dedicated medical specialists, Nod’s physicians are also committed to infection control and promoting antimicrobial stewardship. As such, we welcome the opportunity to assist or collaborate with local, state, federal, and international healthcare organizations.
Antimicrobial stewardship refers to a coordinated effort to:
- Reduce total costs of care
- Reduce hospital readmissions
- Reduce length of stay
- Increase patient satisfaction
- Prevent patient transfer
- Provide better adherence to quality measures
- Decrease resistance to antimicrobials
- Reduce adverse events caused by antimicrobials
- Easy access to on-demand specialty care
Nod Specialists can help you develop an antimicrobial stewardship policy and program for your facility or organization. To schedule a consultation with someone from our leadership team, please call us at (602) 551-8052. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on this very important matter.