CHA News Article

CDC Releases Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkit
To help hospitals improve prescribing habits

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week released a Vital Signs report on antibiotic stewardship that includes tools to help hospitals improve prescribing habits. The report explains that, while antibiotics save lives, excessive and unwarranted prescribing can put patients at risk for adverse drug events (ADE) and other infections, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

In addition to the CDC’s toolkit, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) website provides information for two complimentary learning events: C. diff Boot Camp, which will take place March 10-11, and a C. diff webinar scheduled for March 20. The HQI website also features the harm elimination toolkit “Eliminating ADE.” HQI assists California hospitals in accelerating quality improvement through the Patient Safety First (PSF) efforts against C. diff, California Hospital Engagement Network (CalHEN) efforts at reducing ADE, and participation in the Hospital-Associated Infections (HAI) Work Group and Medication Safety Committee.

HQI was established in April 2013 to advance and accelerate patient safety and quality improvement statewide, and to advance California as a national leader in quality performance. HQI programs include PSF, CalHEN, California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO), HAI Work Group, Hospital Quality Committee, and Regional Quality Leader Networks.