Antibiotic Stewardship, Hospitalists and Quality Improvement in the News

Antibiotic stewardship, SHM’s “Fight the Resistance” campaign and a number of other quality improvement-related topics appeared in hospital medicine media coverage over the last two weeks.

Prior to the kickoff webinar of SHM’s  “Fight the Resistance” antibiotic stewardship campaign yesterday, multiple press outlets have covered the campaign launch. Hospitalist News, among multiple sources, ran a story on their homepage featuring a campaign overview and how readers can get involved. Last Monday, Medscape released a “Guest Expert Commentary” video of Dr. Eric Howell, SHM’s Senior Physician Advisor, rallying hospitalists and hospital staff to join the fight against antibiotic resistance and download and display the campaign posters. The campaign is also subject of the cover story in the November issue of The Hospitalist (the print version includes a full-size “Fight the Resistance” poster). SHM is also partnering with the CDC, aligning the timing of the campaign around the CDC’s “Get Smart About Antibiotics” week.

Research originally published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine appeared in a number of outlets recently, including a press release from Penn Medicine describing the benefits of an evidence-based practice model and a Modern Medicine story on pharmacists’ roles in reducing hospital readmissions.

In other quality improvement news, Medscape published an article describing hospital routines that may detract from patients’ recovery, including interrupted sleep and withholding of food. And SHM member, Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, received recognition from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education with a Courage to Lead Award.

 

Media Highlights: October 22 – November 5, 2015

Society of Hospital Medicine targets antibiotic overprescribing

A campaign that specifically targets hospital-based clinicians to address the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections is being launched by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). The “Fight the Resistance” campaign officially launches on Tuesday, Nov. 10 with a webinar featuring Dr. Scott A. Flanders, professor of medicine and director of the hospitalist program at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Melhim Bou Alwan, chair of the antimicrobial stewardship committee at West Georgia Health.

November 4, 2015
Hospitalist News
http://www.ehospitalistnews.com/specialty-focus/infectious-diseases/single-article-page/society-of-hospital-medicine-targets-antibiotic-overprescribing/87fc8204de604e79e4484a1a993af737.html

 

Fight the Resistance: A Call to Action for Hospitalists

It’s time to change how we prescribe antibiotics in America’s hospitals, and you can help today. I’m Dr. Eric Howell, senior physician advisor at the Society of Hospital Medicine, associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University and chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that nearly 1 in 3 antibiotics might be inappropriately prescribed.

November 2, 2015
Medscape
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/853291

 

Evidence-based practice model can help hospitals deliver best care, cut costs

Amid continued pressures to minimize errors and cut costs, hospitals are continuing to scramble to find solutions to problems plaguing health systems nationwide. A possible solution to many of those issues can be found in hospital evidence-based practice centers (EPCs), says a new Penn Medicine study suggesting EPCs can effectively inform decision-making in medical settings.

November 4, 2015
Eureka Alert (citing research found in the Journal of Hospital Medicine)
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/uops-epm110415.php

 

Pharmacist outreach cuts readmission rates for patients on high-risk meds

Pharmacist outreach to patients admitted to the hospital on high-risk medications or on at least three medications at discharge can help reduce the readmission and emergency department (ED) visit rates during the 30 days following discharge, according to a study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

October 23, 2015
Modern Medicine (citing research found in the Journal of Hospital Medicine)
http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/node/412907

 

Hospital Routines May Be Making Patients Sicker

Interrupted sleep and withholding of food can make hospitalized patients sicker, according to three U.S. physicians who say patient safety in hospitals is not just a matter of preventing falls and infections. In a Viewpoint paper online September 8 in BMJ Quality and Safety, they point out that adequate sleep and nutrition are key to keeping the immune system strong, but noisy hospital conditions and long wait times may be compromising the body’s defenses.

October 22, 2015
Medscape
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/853045

 

2016 ACGME Awardees Announced

The ACGME is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 Awards. Awardees will be honored at a luncheon during the 2016 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 25-28, 2016. Receiving the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award (awarded to DIOs) are: Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, Children’s National Medical Center and Steven Rose, MD, Mayo Clinic.

October 26, 2015
(Sent via email announcement; press release to follow)
More info about awards: http://www.acgme.org/acgmeweb/tabid/88/Awards.aspx

Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

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