New Guide Helps Nursing Homes Tackle Antimicrobial Stewardship

PUBLISHED: Nov 10, 2016

The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a new Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide, a research-based resource with step-by-step instructions and materials to help nursing homes improve antibiotic use and decrease harm caused by inappropriate prescribing.

The guide is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) core elements of antibiotic stewardship and can also help health care providers meet the new CMS Infection Prevention and Control Program requirements. The customizable AHRQ stewardship guide includes four toolkits to:

  • Implement, monitor, and sustain an antimicrobial stewardship program
  • Determine whether it is necessary to treat a potential infection with antibiotics
  • Help prescribing clinicians use an antibiogram to choose the right antibiotic to treat a particular infection
  • Educate and engage residents and family members
  • Access additional AHRQ tools to prevent healthcare-associated infections

Nursing Homes are reminded that the Joint Commission’s new antimicrobial stewardship standard, MM.09.01.01, is effective January 1, 2017.

The new standard requires nursing care centers (as well as hospitals and critical access hospitals) to:

  • Establish a antimicrobial stewardship multidisciplinary team to implement a antimicrobial stewardship program that is based on current scientific literature.
  • Provide education to staff about antimicrobial ordering, dispensing, administration, and monitoring; antimicrobial resistance; and antimicrobial stewardship practices.
  • Provide education to patients and families about appropriate use of antimicrobial medications.

Included with today’s notice is an example policy for an antimicrobial stewardship program as well as a link to the new Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide.

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