OakBend Medical Center is one of 482 facilities in Texas participating in the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) antibiotic stewardship (ABS) project. This Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality improvement initiative will promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, improve patient outcomes and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms. These efforts will be focused at the point of care, where antibiotics are prescribed.
Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, widespread, long-term use has led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that, in the U.S. alone, cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year.
“We are honored to be a part of this important team,” stated Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “Positive patient outcome is extremely important and by joining this initiative to improve the appropriate use of antibiotics and decrease the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections, the hospital and its patients both benefit from the outcome.”
As part of the project, OakBend Medical Center is working with the TMF QIN-QIO, a CMS contractor, to form an interdisciplinary team at its facility that will incorporate into practice the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship, which provide a framework for improving antibiotic prescribing. The team will oversee the development and implementation of ABS prescribing policies and/or practices, review their effectiveness and make modifications, as needed.
“We commend OakBend Medical Center for making antibiotic stewardship an organizational priority,” said Susan Purcell, BS, RN, CPHQ, TMF QIN-QIO project director. “With this significant interdepartmental participation and collaboration, OakBend Medical Center’s team will work to ensure that staff and patients receive appropriate ABS education; identify and address barriers to change; and evaluate and report progress toward goals.”
The 22-month ABS initiative was launched in September 2017.