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Webinar – The Blind Spot of Antibiotic Stewardship: Antibiotic Overuse at Discharge
September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: 2PM EST/ 11AM PST
Appropriate antibiotic use is critical to improve patient outcomes and reduce adverse harm and antibiotic resistance. Half of all antibiotic use related to acute hospitalization for infection occurs after hospital discharge, yet most antibiotic stewardship programs don’t target prescribing at discharge. Thus, while antibiotics when prescribed appropriately can be life-saving, often times antibiotics prescribed at discharge extend beyond duration typically recommended for the infection and are inappropriate or unnecessary. Dr. Vaughn, a hospitalist physician and hospitalist lead for an initiative to improve prescribing across the state of Michigan, will address the current state of antibiotic use at discharge, discuss why providers often overprescribe at discharge, and help you work to improve prescribing, and patient outcomes, during care transitions at your institution.
Valerie Vaughn, MD, MSc
Valerie Vaughn, MD MSc is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and hospitalist physician at the University of Michigan Medical School and Ann Arbor Veteran’s Association Hospital. Her research focuses on improving the safety of hospitalized patients by combating healthcare associated infections and reducing antibiotic overuse, particularly at hospital discharge. She is Hospitalist Lead for an initiative to improve antibiotic prescribing in a 46-hospital collaborative, the Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium (http://mi-hms.org/coordinating-center). She has authored over 20 peer-reviewed papers, including high-profile articles JAMA, BMJ, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Annals of Internal Medicine. She serves as Liaison for the Society of Hospital Medicine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and as a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Research Committee.