CareOne Centers in MA forge a path toward Antibiotic Stewardship
CareOne Centers in MA forge a path toward Antibiotic Stewardship and begin with a kick off training with Infection Disease Specialist Dr. Neil Gaffin .
Improving the use of antibiotics in healthcare to protect patients and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance is a national healthcare priority. Antibiotic stewardship refers to a set of commitments and actions designed to “optimize the treatment of infections while reducing the adverse events associated with antibiotic use.” The CDC reports that up to 70% of nursing home residents received one or more courses of systemic antibiotics in a year, and cites studies that have shown that 40–75% of antibiotics prescribed in nursing homes may be unnecessary or inappropriate. Unnecessary and inappropriate antibiotic use can lead to antibiotic resistance, and life threatening side effects of treatment (including C. Difficile infection – a sometimes deadly consequence of antibiotic use especially in older adults).
CareOne is among the first skilled nursing centers in Massachusetts and New Jersey to begin a formal and progressive quality improvement campaign to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use.