TeleECHO Clinic Time: Fridays, 12:00pm-1:00pm (MT) For more information contact us at: antimicrobialecho@salud.unm.edu

Driven in part by antibiotic overuse and misuse, increasing antibiotic resistance is an urgent concern for the healthcare field as well as for public health. Changes to clinical practice patterns to promote appropriate use of antibiotics are now essential. Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) can optimize treatment of infections and antibiotic use—with the goal to provide every patient with the right antibiotics, at the right time, at the right dose, and for the right duration—to reduce adverse events associated with antibiotics and improve patient outcomes.

The New Mexico Department of Health, the University of New Mexico’s College of Pharmacy and Division of Infectious Disease, and Project ECHO are collaborating to create brand new, interactive telementoring sessions (teleECHO clinics) to support and build upon Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) at acute care hospitals in New Mexico.

Weekly one-hour teleECHO clinics will use an “all teach, all learn” approach and as a participating pharmacist, you would be able to earn clinical pharmacy education credits. TeleECHO clinics will focus on the core elements of ASPs including identifying interventions and measurements for ASPs, antimicrobial resistance, and treatment of inpatients with infections with antibiotic resistant organisms. During teleECHO clinics, specific cases will be presented and discussed with the learning network. Learning from teleECHO clinics will also help enhance knowledge and understanding regarding the 2017 ASP medication management standards issued by The Joint Commission.

Target Audience

Pharmacists interested in Antimicrobial Stewardship, physicians and other providers who support or champion stewardship, infection preventionists, interested microbiology laboratorians

Antimicrobial Stewardship TeleECHO Clinic Objectives include:
  • Create a network of colleagues across the state who are also working on antimicrobial stewardship efforts
  • Improve upon ability to evaluate your ASP and determine areas for growth or improvement
  • Learn about the new standards issued by The Joint Commission regarding antimicrobial stewardship and how your program might be assessed
  • Discuss challenging program-related issues such as developing and measuring the impact of a clinical pathway or quality metrics in antimicrobial stewardship
  • Keep up to date on recent literature related to antimicrobial stewardship
  • Exert a positive impact preventing the development of newly acquired or increased bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents prevalence
  • Facilitate the growth and development of Antibiotic Stewardship Programs at various maturity levels across the state
  • Facilitate the implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs, tailored to each institution’s needs and resource availability


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Staff

Meghan Brett

Meghan Brett, MD

Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship
UNMH Hospital Epidemiologist; Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases

University of New Mexico
mbrett@salud.unm.edu

Renee-Claude Mercier, PharmD, Phc, DCPS-ID, FCCP

Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stweardship
Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine, Regent’s Professor
College of Pharmacy
University of New Mexico
RMercier@salud.unm.edu
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Marla Sievers

Marla M. Sievers, MPH

Healthcare-associated Infections Program Manager
New Mexico Department of Health
Marla.Sievers@state.nm.us
Lourdes Irizarry

Lourdes M. Irizarry, MD

Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Healthcare-associated Infections Medical Epidemiologist
Epidemiology and Response Division
New Mexico Department of Health
Lourdes.Irizarry@state.nm.us
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Rachelle Rochelle, MPA

Clinic Operations Manager
rrochelle@salud.unm.edu