Antibiotic stewardship continues to garner national attention, both in the media and at the federal policy level. The first known superbug, or bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotics of last resort, was recently discovered in the United States. At the same time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting public comments through June 17 on a proposed rule that would allow hospitals to compare their antibiotic prescribing to national benchmarks, and evaluate and improve antimicrobial prescribing as needed.
NQF Releases New Resource to Promote Safer Antibiotic Use
A new resource developed by NQF's National Quality Partners (NQP), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and HCA, provides an urgently needed tool to help acute-care hospitals implement strategies for safer use of antibiotics. Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook, is a practical tool to help hospital staff strengthen existing antibiotic stewardship initiatives or create antibiotic stewardship programs from the ground up.
The Playbook will help hospitals comply with new rules from The Joint Commission, expected to go into effect in early 2017, that require hospitals to have antibiotic stewardship programs in place, as well as new criteria expected later this year from The Leapfrog Group.
More than 1,100 people participated in the May 25 Playbook launch webinar, and more than 6,200 people downloaded the Playbook within the first six days of its release. National media joined a special NQF web briefing on antibiotic stewardship and how the Playbook will help hospitals address this life-threatening national public health issue.
In the coming months, NQP plans to assess the effectiveness of the Playbook in hospitals throughout the United States and to explore opportunities to convene stakeholders to develop antibiotic stewardship playbooks for other healthcare settings. If you are interested in sharing feedback on the Playbook or supporting future initiatives, please contact National Quality Partners.