March issue of newsletter now available!
Patient Safety Monitor Insider
March 14, 2012
The March issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal (formerly Briefings on Patient Safety) has been posted to the Patient Safety Monitor. In this month's issue, learn what you can do to implement a sustainable antibiotic stewardship program:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the arrival of "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" (observed November 14-20, 2011) by launching a new antibiotic tracking system that will allow hospitals to monitor antibiotic usage and compare themselves to other hospitals in the region or across the country. The electronic system is part of the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network.
Although the awareness campaign only lasted a week, it spotlighted a growing issue in hospitals across the country that only seems to be getting worse.
"The threat of untreatable infections is real," Arjun Srinivasan, MD, head of CDC's Get Smart for Healthcare program, said in a press release. "Although previously unthinkable, the day when antibiotics don't work in all situations is upon us. We are already seeing germs that are stronger than any antibiotics we have to treat them, including some infections in health care settings."
Read the entire story at the Patient Safety Monitor website.