A Case Study: Steps to Optimize Efficiency and Avoid Unnecessary Tests Through Diagnostic and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Recorded On: 04/26/2023
This Magnolia Medical sponsored session was part of the Sepsis Alliance AMR Conference 2023.
A CDC report released in September 2021 found that hospital-acquired infections had increased significantly in 2020 after years of steady decline. Standard infection prevention practices have been impacted by staffing shortages and chaotic work environments, which have subsequently created an environment that is susceptible to diagnostic errors. These factors work against antimicrobial and diagnostic stewardship efforts. This sponsored session will review a case study covering the quality improvement (QI) project of a 425-bed academic medical center and examine the impact of a 90% reduction in blood culture contamination rates. The presenter will discuss the direct effect on antimicrobial stewardship efforts which resulted in a 31% reduction in vancomycin days of therapy (DOT).
Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.
Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support of this session provided by Magnolia Medical.
Barb DeBaun, RN, MSN, CIC
Barbara DeBaun, RN, MSN, CIC, has over 40 years of experience in the field of infection prevention and quality improvement. She is currently an Improvement Advisor with Cynosure Health. Previously she was the Director of Patient Safety and Infection Control at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Barbara is a certified Infection Control Practitioner and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pace University in New York and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University. Barbara is certified in Infection Control and is adjunct faculty at Dominican University in California.