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IDSA Launches Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence Program

Providence Saint John’s Health Center of Santa Monica, California, and Summa Health of Akron, Ohio, are the first recipients of IDSA’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation.

The program, launched this month, recognizes institutions that achieve standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for antimicrobial stewardship programs led by infectious diseases physicians and ID-trained pharmacists.

“IDSA is committed to infectious diseases-led antimicrobial stewardship programs as an essential component in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, which leads to more than 23,000 deaths per year and over $20 billion in unnecessary health care costs,” said IDSA President Paul Auwaerter, MD, MBA, FIDSA. “The IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence program recognizes institutions that lead in establishing highly effective antimicrobial stewardship programs that help clinicians give their patients optimal anti-infective therapies.”

The core criteria for the IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence were developed by a workgroup of ID physicians and ID-trained pharmacists and build upon the criteria detailed in the CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs. IDSA’s CoE program places particular emphasis on an institution’s ability to implement stewardship protocols through its electronic health record (EHR) system, as well as provide ongoing education to its medical staff.

The goals of the program are to not only recognize those who have achieved high standards in their stewardship programs, but also to highlight the value of stewardship in preserving the effectiveness of the vulnerable supply of antibiotics.

All health systems are welcome to apply for the CoE designation and can learn more about the criteria at: www.idsociety.org/ascoe.

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