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.
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. Learning from teleECHO clinics will also help enhance knowledge and understanding regarding the 2017 ASP medication management standards issued by The Joint Commission – and as a participating pharmacist, you would be able to earn clinical pharmacy education credits.