Importance of the Program
Why is this Program Important?
At any given time, 1 in 20 patients in the U.S. has a hospital-acquired infection – leading to the loss of tens of thousands of lives and costing the healthcare system billions of dollars each year. Adding to this problem is the steady and rapid increase in antimicrobial resistance. Today’s antimicrobial resistant infections are often more severe, leading to longer hospital stays and increased costs for treatment. As the trend towards pay for performance and mandatory reporting escalates, it became apparent that many hospitals could benefit from a program designed to help improve infection rates and reduce the burden of antimicrobial pathogens.
Antimicrobial stewardship interventions have been shown to improve patient outcomes, reduce antibiotic resistance, and save hospitals and health systems significant health care dollars. By ensuring that patients with infections are receiving the right antimicrobial medications at the right time, infection rates will be reduced with shorter hospital stays and a better quality of life for each patient. In addition, the development of best practice strategies to prevent and reduce healthcare associated infections ensures a safer healthcare environment for the patients. The combination of these two programs align with the national focus on prevention of conditions such as catheter-associated urinary tract Infections, surgical site infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile.