By Leah Racz, Sales Associate, Unbound Medicine
The Joint Commission developed antimicrobial stewardship as a result of antibiotic resistance. 20%-50% of all antibiotics prescribed are unnecessary or inappropriate, as reported by the CDC, and the overuse of these antibiotics makes treating and preventing infections more difficult. Under the new Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard, every hospital and critical access hospital will appoint a pharmacist and a physician to make decisions for their antimicrobial stewardship programs.
By January 1, 2017, hospitals and critical access hospitals will be required to:
- Implement policies and interventions to improve antibiotic use
- Support optimal antibiotic prescribing
- Document dose, duration, and indication
- Develop and implement facility-specific treatment recommendations
It is crucial that the hospitals are prepared for their Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs, and the right resources will make this transition as smooth as possible. The Johns Hopkins ABX Guide is an affordable resource that supports the hospital’s formulary and will assist the pharmacists and clinicians in obtaining the best information to create guidelines and prescribe safely.
With one of the preeminent stewardship programs in the country, the experts at Johns Hopkins bring you their ABX Guide powered by Unbound Medicine. Users can confidently make informed decisions at the point of care with updated, authoritative information on infectious diseases, drugs, and pathogens. Because the ABX Guide delivers details of drug spectrum activity to target the right anti-infective at the right organism, it is also an invaluable resource for those responsible for developing program policies.
With the new Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard taking effect January 1, 2017, Unbound Medicine is offering the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide through the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative.
For more information on Antimicrobial Stewardship and The Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, please contact Leah Racz at Unbound Medicine: email / 610.627.9090 ext. 305