CDC Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship and Hospital Sepsis Programs: What Nurses Need to Know and Do (CE Session)

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Date/Time: April 10, 2024 | 3:05 - 3:45 pm ET

CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship (AS) offer providers and facilities a set of key principles to guide efforts to improve antibiotic use and, therefore, advance patient safety and improve outcomes. These have catalyzed the development of AS programs and driven national improvements in antibiotic prescribing and outcomes. Inspired by this success, CDC recently released the Hospital Sepsis Program Core Elements to optimize patient care and help clinicians, hospitals, and health systems in efforts to improve management and outcomes of sepsis. These core elements outline structural and procedural components that are associated with the multidisciplinary expertise required to support the care of patients with sepsis. In this session, attendees will learn about the hospital AS and sepsis program core elements; explore the nurse’s role, responsibility, and scope of practice in AS and sepsis management; and identify nursing strategies to optimize antibiotic use. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe CDC Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs and CDC Hospital Sepsis Program Core Elements;
  • Identify nurse’s role, responsibility and scope of practice in hospital antibiotic stewardship and sepsis management;
  • Identify strategies for nurses to engage in optimization of hospital antibiotic use. 

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAPIC, FSHEA, FAAN


Thomas Jefferson University

Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAPIC, FSHEA, FAAN, is a nationally recognized leader in infection prevention and control and the nurses’ role in antibiotic stewardship. In 2015 she served as the President of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), was invited to the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, and named one of the “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” by Becker's Hospital Review. She has authored over 55 peer-reviewed papers, created a framework for antibiotic stewardship nursing practice, and integrated infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship principles and content into undergraduate nursing curricula. Dr. Manning is Professor, Senior Associate to the Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Director, Center for Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship, at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Nursing, in Philadelphia. 

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