Connie Malone, Sara Couch, and Kathy Trosin, some of the members of Bonner General Health’s Antibiotic Stewardship Team.
APIC’s Annual Conference is the premier forum for infection prevention and epidemiology professionals to learn about the latest research, science, and real-world solutions to challenging infection prevention issues. Thousands of healthcare professionals from around the world attended as the most qualified leaders in the field of infection prevention and epidemiology shared best practices for keeping patients safe from emerging drug-resistant organisms.
Antibiotic Stewardship is a collaboration between prescribers and their patients to prevent misuse and overuse of antibiotics. Overuse, misuse and inappropriate use of antimicrobial therapy can lead to significant consequences, including hospital-acquired infections, increased morbidity and mortality, antimicrobial resistance and increased hospitalizations.
Kathy Trosin, RN, and Infection Prevention and Quality Specialist at Bonner General Health presented, “Developing a Regional Collaborative Approach to Antimicrobial Stewardship” with Amy Ward from Kootenai Health and Connie Sue Clum from Boundary Community Hospital. Objectives of this three-part presentation were to offer tools and resources for implementing a successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and featured the story of how Bonner General Health created their program with the collaborative efforts of the hospital team as well as their regional partners.
With the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year in the United States, more than 2 million patients are infected by an organism that cannot be treated by the recommended antibiotic and more than 20,000 of these patients die.
The CDC recommends that Antibiotic Stewardship Programs be implemented in all hospitals. Bonner General Health successfully implemented its Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in 2015, as one of only 26% of Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. Bonner General Health’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program co-chairs are Sara Couch, Registered Pharmacist, and Stewardship Pharmacist leader; Mauria Prince, Pharmacy Director; Connie Malone, Microbiologist/Lab Manager; Kathy Trosin RN, Infection Prevention and Quality Specialist, and Dr. Vincent Huntsberger, Physician Champion.
About Bonner General Health
Bonner General Health is a private, nonprofit 25-bed critical access hospital and healthcare network of outpatient clinics. Bonner General Health is fully accredited by DNV GL Healthcare. For more information please visit BonnerGeneral.org.