Pharmacists, Physicians Attend Antimicrobial Program

On May 18 and 19 GNYHA and the United Hospital Fund (UHF), in collaboration with the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists, held an Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program. More than 80 infectious disease physicians  and pharmacists from 45 GNYHA member hospitals attended the program and received continuing education credits for completing it. GNYHA and UHF have had a longstanding commitment to support members’ implementation of effective and sustainable antimicrobial stewardship programs. The Certificate Program addresses that need, as well as the growing public health urgency and Federal strategy to combat the misuse and overuse of antibiotics that contribute to antibiotic resistance. Participation in the program demonstrates hospitals’ commitment to continually improving their antibiotic management practices.

The program faculty included nationally recognized clinicians who delivered rigorous programming on developing hospital policies and processes to ensure the proper use of antimicrobials and to reduce illness caused by multidrug-resistant organisms. The two-day program was the initial phase of GNYHA and UHF’s antimicrobial stewardship program. Ongoing support and education will be provided throughout 2015 to participating hospitals as they work to implement the skills and best practices learned during the Certificate Program. Each participating hospital will begin by conducting a one-day point prevalence study in their hospital to observe current practices and adherence to antibiotic use policies. After that, GNYHA, UHF, and program faculty will work with hospitals in designing their customized stewardship programs.

Demand for the program was so high that GNYHA and UHF will offer it again. More information on applying to participate is forthcoming. For questions about the program, please contact Cynthia Gutierrez.