Fighting Superbugs, Monsters of Our Own Creation Faster medical tests are essential to combating antibiotic resistance

By Lance Price, Ph.D. As a molecular microbiologist, I have studied antibiotic resistance for more than two decades and have witnessed the acceleration of this public health crisis at a pace that few would have predicted. Already, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conservatively estimates that each year in the U.S., at …

If You Expect Your EHR to Automatically Integrate with Your ASP, Guess Again

The era of mandatory antimicrobial stewardship for hospitals and nursing homes is now upon us. The Joint Commission’s, “New Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard: Applicable to Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals” and, “New Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard: Applicable to Nursing Care Centers”1 went into effect as of January 1, 2017. Although many facilities are playing catch-up and are …

Why the Incidence of Antibiotic Resistance Infections Increased while the Rate of Antibiotic use Remained the Same

By Chris Cook, PharmD, Ph.D. The purpose of a hospital-based antibiotic stewardship program is to reduce cases of antibiotic resistant infections by getting patients on the right drug sooner and by limiting the unnecessary use of antibiotics, specifically broad-spectrum antibiotics. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics has been shown to be the primary cause of …