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Interim LSU Public Hospital Chosen for Antimicrobial Initiative

Interim LSU Public Hospital
Interim LSU Public Hospital

New Orleans – The Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH), in New Orleans, is one of only five health systems in the nation chosen to participate in the Antimicrobial Stewardship Mentored Initiative.

ILH was one of more than 90 institutions that participated in the competitive application process.  Applicants were required to assemble a multidisciplinary team and propose an antimicrobial stewardship improvement project that would be conducted over the next six months.

“Our participation in the initiative is an excellent opportunity for us to ensure that we are meeting best practices and to provide ongoing education for our pharmacists, physicians and nurses,” said Dr. Danny Jackson, System Director of Pharmacy for the LSU Health Care Services Division.  “We look forward to taking full advantage of the resources that will be available to us.”

Dr. Fatima Brakta, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy, will lead the hospital’s multidisciplinary team in targeted activities designed to improve antimicrobial use at the hospital.  Dr. Julio Figueroa, associate professor of infectious diseases at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in New Orleans, will provide the infectious diseases and clinical microbiology expertise for the team.

On Monday, October 24, Dr. Debra Goff, a pharmacist mentor with expertise in antimicrobial stewardship, will visit ILH to evaluate current antimicrobial practices and provide specific recommendations to meet the initiative’s improvement goals.  The visit will include a one-hour multidisciplinary continuing education presentation accredited for pharmacists, physicians and nurses.  This CE activity will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., in ILH ED/SD 104.  Following the visit, participants and their teams will conduct antimicrobial stewardship improvement activities and report outcomes for this initiative.

This unique initiative involves both education and mentoring to help health systems ensure the appropriate selection, dosing, route of administration and duration of antimicrobial therapy.  Activities also include on-demand, home-study activities, live interactive webinars, and an online resource center featuring evidence-based guidelines, antimicrobial stewardship tool kits, and other helpful tools.

Other participating sites are The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio; Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, Virgina; St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin; and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas.

ASHP Advantage, a division of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), coordinates the Antimicrobial Stewardship Mentored Initiative.  For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety.  Visit www.LeadStewardship.org for more information about the initiative.