Antimicrobial Stewardship

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 09, 2020 | 10/12/2020

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 09, 2020 EU antibiotic development CARB-X funds for novel pneumonia therapy Filed Under : Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans EU lawmakers urge action on antibiotic shortages, development Originally published by CIDRAP News Oct 7 European lawmakers yesterday called for the European Union (EU) to address antibiotic shortages and antibiotic development as key components of its forthcoming Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe …

Understanding surgical antimicrobial prescribing behaviour in the hospital setting: a systematic review and meta-ethnography protocol | 10/10/2020

Surgical specialities use extensive amounts of antimicrobials, and misuse has been widely reported, making them a key target for antimicrobial stewardship initiatives. Interventions informed by, and tailored to, a clear understanding of the contextual barriers to appropriate antimicrobial use are more likely to successfully improve practice. However, this approach has been under utilised. Our aim is to synthesise qualitative studies on surgical antimicrobial prescribing behaviour (APB) in hospital settings to …

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Bruce Arthur: Premier Doug Ford and his medical officer of health were shocked by rising COVID numbers. Let that sink in | 10/10/2020

… his advisers as a shield, how was this missed? “A, this was all predictable,” says Dr. Andrew Morris, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto, and the medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Sinai-University Health Network, who first called for the shutting of indoor dining and more on Sept. 12. “It’s beyond me. The truth is I really do sympathize with the premier, I …

‘Hopeful it’s not going to be bad’: Why doctors are stressing flu shots amid coronavirus pandemic | 10/9/2020

… becomes available. A push to get people vaccinated “Even a small amount of influenza can be pretty problematic if you also have COVID circulating,” Dr. Amy Beth Kressel, medical director of infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship with Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, said. Depending on how close a match this year’s flu vaccine is to the strains of flu circulating, immunization can either prevent a person from getting sick or result …

Promoting safety in the use of antibiotics for Veterans | 10/9/2020

After more than a decade of perseverance and dedication, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio has been designated by the Infectious Diseases Society of America as a Center of Excellence (CoE). Since 2009, the program has been promoting safety and optimization in the use of antibiotics for care of our Veterans. With this designation, South Texas is in an elite group …

Management of Gram-Positive Bloodstream Infections: Collaboration Perspectives from the Laboratory and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Xtalks | PRWeb | 10/7/2020

Management of Gram-Positive Bloodstream Infections: Collaboration Perspectives from the Laboratory and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Xtalks Share Article In this free webinar, attendees will learn how to extrapolate the efforts of the clinical microbiology laboratory to adopt a new rapid test for the diagnosis and management of patients with gram-positive bacteremia. The featured speakers will discuss how to identify the role of antimicrobial stewardship in optimizing …

Flu season 2020: Why doctors stressing flu shots amid pandemic | 10/7/2020

… acknowledge to be the main form of transmission — and tiny droplets called aerosols. Aerosols are smaller than five micrometers or microns and can “ float around for a while ,” Emily Landon, MD, medical director of antimicrobial stewardship and infection control at University of Chicago Medicine, explained in an article for UChicago. Dr. Landon wrote the article back in March only days after a national emergency was first declared in the US …

Antimicrobial stewardship impact on prescriptions in cats | Vet Candy | 10/7/2020

clinical updates New prudent use guidelines were introduced in Switzerland to promote antimicrobial stewardship activities and responsible clinical prescribing. Data from seven hundred and seventy-six cases in 2016 were compared to seven hundred and ninety-two cases in 2018 on diagnosis ranging from acute upper respiratory tract disease (aURTD), feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) and abscesses. Antimicrobial prescription type and proportions were compared between the two periods to …

Biomarkers for antimicrobial stewardship: a reappraisal in COVID-19 times? | 10/6/2020

… our data show that, during ICU admission, PCT levels of  1.00 μg/L rule in, whereas concentrations of  0.25 μg/L rule out secondary bacterial infections with good predictive values. With regard to ICU antimicrobial stewardship, initiation of empirical antibacterial therapy in ICU patients with low PCT levels should probably not be started. As CRP is consistently elevated, this biomarker does not have predictive value for bacterial infections in the …

Flu season 2020: Why doctors stressing flu shots amid pandemic | 10/6/2020

… We cannot assume we will have a quiet flu season. … We always have to hope for the best but prepare for the worst,” said Dr. Amy Beth Kressel, medical director of infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship with Eskenazi Health. “Even a small amount of influenza can be pretty problematic if you also have COVID circulating.” Hospital professionals and others in the health care world are redoubling efforts to ensure everyone …

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 02, 2020 | 10/5/2020

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 02, 2020 Fecal transplant registry results New antibiotic for hospital pneumonia ; Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans Early national study results indicate FMT safe, effective for C diff Initial results from the FMT (fecal microbiota transplantation) National Registry indicate that FMT is highly effective for treating Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), with a good safety profile, US researchers reported yesterday in Gastroenterology …

Is It Safe To Go To A Halloween Party During The Coronavirus? Experts Have Specific Advice | 10/2/2020

… to attend a celebration. Any sort of outdoor festivity with small groups is considered a moderate risk, including a socially-distanced outdoor Halloween party. Dr. Neha Nanda, M.D., Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine,tells Elite Daily any gathering comes with risk. “You do remain at risk of acquiring the infection the more you come in contact with …

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 30, 2020 | 10/1/2020

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 30, 2020 Antimicrobial stewardship apps Print & PDF Review shows stewardship apps increase guideline accessibility A review of studies analyzing use of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) apps found they may increase adherence to antibiotic prescribing guidelines, European researchers reported yesterday in PLOS One. The review, led by researchers from Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, included 13 studies published from 2008 to 2019 focusing on the use …

Xtalks Announces Its Life Science Webinar Calendar for October 2020 | PRWeb | 10/1/2020

… Pandemic Prepared? October 19- Smart Manufacturing for Food & Beverage Packaging Lines HEALTHCARE October 19- Accelerating the Identification of Genetic Diseases October 19- Management of Gram-positive Bloodstream Infections: Collaboration Perspectives from the Laboratory and Antimicrobial Stewardship October 22- Re-envisioning Life Sciences Through the FHIR Gateway October 28- Quality of Care In IBD: What Is It? How Can We Improve It? MEDICAL DEVICES October 19- Medical Devices: Unique Challenges on …

MelroseWakefield Hospital awarded excellence designation | 10/1/2020

MelroseWakefield Hospital has been awarded the designation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The designated hospitals have created stewardship programs led by ID-trained physicians and pharmacists that advance science in Antimicrobial Resistance and have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based national guidelines such as the IDSA-SHEA guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements. MelroseWakefield Hospital is one …

Vedanta Biosciences Awarded Up to $76.9 Million Including $7.4 Million Upfront from BARDA to Advance the Development of VE303, a Defined Bacterial Consortium for Prevention of C. difficile Infection in High-Risk Patients | Business Wire | 9/30/2020

… after antibiotic use is a new paradigm in infection control that could improve patient outcomes following a broad range of procedures that rely on antibiotics, as well as a key underappreciated potential strategy in antimicrobial stewardship .” BARDA, a division within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports a diverse portfolio of emerging therapeutics and devices. Programs supported by BARDA …

MelroseWakefield Hospital awarded excellence designation | 9/30/2020

MelroseWakefield Hospital has been awarded the designation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The designated hospitals have created stewardship programs led by ID-trained physicians and pharmacists that advance science in Antimicrobial Resistance and have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based national guidelines such as the IDSA-SHEA guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements. MelroseWakefield Hospital is one …

Prophylactic antibiotic prescribing in dental practice | 9/30/2020

… which may have resulted in a lack of concordance between dentists’ beliefs and their practice behaviors. Practical Implications The results reported by the authors highlight the need to develop better educational programs that address antimicrobial stewardship in AP for patients at risk of developing IE and PJI and target the dental profession. Key Words infection Abbreviation Key: The evidence base for the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis in dental practice. JADA …

Aptorum Shares Skyrocket Upon Launching Infectious Disease Liquid Biopsy Unit | 9/30/2020

… Cheng remarked, “Aptorum Group expands its potential infectious disease liquid biopsy diagnostics capabilities in synergy with its current infectious disease platform (for example, the leading Staphylococcus aureus drug program ALS-4) and supports worldwide antimicrobial stewardship policies (ASPs). Bacteremia infections, for example, alone cause nearly 500,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. annually and account for 11% of ICU admissions with over $20.3 billion in aggregate cost. Mortality associated with these infections …

Results from 350-Patient FLAAG Trial Show MolecuLight Point-of-Care Imaging Improves Detection of High Bacterial Burden in Wounds Four-fold over Standard of Care Assessment | PR Newswire | 9/29/2020

… aspects of wound care, influencing treatment planning and overall patient care. I believe that the MolecuLight i: X will quickly become a standard of care in wound care and play a pivotal role in antimicrobial stewardship in the wound clinic.” “As an investigator in this trial and a user of MolecuLight i: X in my routine clinical practice, I can attest to the clinical benefit that fluorescence imaging provides. Identifying …

Google Alert - earn | 9/29/2020

earn As-it-happens update ⋅ September 29, 2020 NEWS Essentia Health facilities earn Antimicrobial Stewardship awards Detroit Lakes Tribune Several Essentia Health hospitals and long-term care facilities have earned Gold Honor Roll Status for Antimicrobial Stewardship through the … Flag as irrelevant Central soccer teams earn academic award KNIA / KRLS Radio The Central women’s team, under the tutelage of head coach Mike Kobylinski earned the accolade for the ninth consecutive …

Essentia Health facilities earn Antimicrobial Stewardship awards | 9/29/2020

The purpose of the Honor Roll is to recognize the work that facilities are doing to support antimicrobial stewardship, not only within their own facility, but also within their community through inter-facility engagement and with the public. Written By: Staff Report Sep 29th 2020 - 10am. Several Essentia Health hospitals and long-term care facilities have earned Gold Honor Roll Status for Antimicrobial Stewardship through the Minnesota Department of Health’s …

DSS, Inc. Presenting at the AMIA 2020 Virtual Annual Symposium | PRWeb | 9/29/2020

… presenting with symptoms that require screening for COVID-19 to 40 U.S. VA Medical Centers during the pandemic. TheraDoc , DSS’s industry leading software decision support tool that provides real-time electronic clinical surveillance for antimicrobial stewardship and infectious disease treatment, served as the foundation for this effort. Seven days prior to the Trump Administration’s declaration of the COVID-19 National Emergency, hospitals with the software platform were able to test …

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Sep 25, 2020 | 9/28/2020

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Sep 25, 2020 Drop in Australian antibiotic use ; CARB-X funds for UTI drug ; Impact of antibiotic guidelines in Japan ; Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans Report shows decline in Australian antibiotic use A report this week from Australian health officials shows a consistent decline in the country’s antibiotic use. The report from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health …

OpGen Announces Successful Completion of Study Collaboration with Karolinska Institutet on Bacterial Co-Infections in COVID-19 Pneumonia Patients and Presents Data on Unyvero HPN Panel at ECCVID 2020 | 9/28/2020

… potentially high clinical utility as rapid rule – out Unyvero reduces diagnostic turnaround times from days to less than 5 hours ; HPN panel viewed as a useful diagnostic tool to help with early detection and antimicrobial stewardship GAITHERSBURG, Md. and HOLZGERLINGEN, Germany, Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OpGen, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPGN, “OpGen”), a precision medicine company harnessing the power of molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics to help combat infectious disease, announced today …