Division of Infectious Diseases

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Takes Patient Safety Personally

At Nebraska Medicine, our Antimicrobial Stewardship Program’s (ASP) clinical mission is to optimize the utilization of antimicrobial agents, thereby improving patient outcomes (by reducing the risk of adverse events and Clostridium difficile infection) and limiting the spread of antimicrobial resistance.   These Antimicrobial Stewardship activities have been mandated by the Joint Commission and our program has been expanding its reach to include our satellite hospitals and… Continue Reading

Stewardship-driven Ertapenem Restriction: Can Reduced Utilization Affect the Antibiogram?

In this article review we learn about the impact of a large-scale, multi-institutional Antimicrobial Stewardship Intervention on significantly reducing the overall use of ertapenem without subsequent downstream effect on carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) non-susceptibility patterns. Delgado A, Gawrys GW, Duhon BM, Lee GC (2017). Impact of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative on Ertapenem Use and Carbapenem Susceptibilities at Four Community Hospitals. J Infect Dis Ther 5: 341…. Continue Reading