Antibiotic Stewardship

Since their discovery, antibiotics have proven to be revolutionary in the practice of medicine allowing treatment of infections which were once considered untreatable and lethal.  However,  misuse of these miraculous drugs have led to significant consequences including individual patient harm resulting from antibiotic related side effects and societal harm due to the spread of antibiotic resistance. 

Antibiotic stewardship is the practice of ensuring appropriate and judicious use of antibiotics to improve treatment of infectious disease while reducing the potential harms from misuse and overuse.

Inpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Resources

►Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship

The Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship was established in 2014 by the Georgia Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee (GHAIAC).  The goal of the program was to provide an incentive for acute care facilities and critical access hospitals to engage in antimicrobial stewardship.

Since the release of the original Honor Roll, several initiatives led by federal agencies have been introduced to further enhance antimicrobial stewardship in the inpatient setting.  In light of these initiatives, the Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship was revised to encourage facilities to build sustainable programs or enhance their existing programs with evidence-based practices.  Please click here. 

►Webinars

September 13th, 2017

Road to NHSN Reporting: Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Modules

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/233924937

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Road to NHSN Reporting Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Modules

October 11th, 2017

Making the Case: Limiting Antibiotic Treatment Durations

Video Link:  https://vimeo.com/247149615

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Making the Case - Limiting Abx Tx Durations 

November 29th, 2017

Bundle Up! Utilizing Care Bundles for Infectious Diseases

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/245067597

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Wong Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Bundle Implementation

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Advani Bundle Up! Utilizing Bundles for Infectious Diseases

January 10th, 2018

Implementing Antibiotic Stewardship in Small and Critical Access Hospitals

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/252356176

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Neuhauser - Office of ABX Stewardship, Small and Critical Access Hospital Webinar 

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Lindsey - Implementation of Core Elements at PMC 

February 14th, 2018

The Impact of Rapid Diagnostics on Antimicrobial Stewardship

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/255907922

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. The Impact of Rapid Diagnostics on Antimicrobial Stewardship

March 28th, 2018

Building a Joint Commission-Ready Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/264109852

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Building a Joint Commission-Ready Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

April 25th, 2018

How to Address the Most Challenging Core Elements:  Telehealth and Other Strategies

Recording Link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/848799177373330177

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. How to Address the Most Challenging Core Elements

May 16th, 2018

The Social Determinants of Antimicrobial Prescribing: Implications for Stewardship 

Video Link:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7114072619244946434

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Szymczak Social Determinants of Antimicrobial Prescribing

July 18th, 2018

Nurses' Role in Antibiotic Stewardship

Video Link:  (unavailable)

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Nurses as Champions of Antimicrobial Stewardship  

August 22nd, 2018

Actionable Data for Stewardship

Video Link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2651739864301090819

Handout Link:   Download this pdf file. Actionable Data for Stewardship  

November 7th, 2018

Choosing Antibiotics Wisely Campaign in Georgia

Video Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4420140490858053889

Handout Link:   Download this ppt file. Choosing Antibiotics Wisely collaborative in Georgia

►Online resources/tools

Long-term Care Antibiotic Stewardship Resources

►Online resources/tools

Ambulatory Care/Outpatient/Dental Antibiotic Stewardship Resources

►Online resources/tools

  • Treatment Recommendations for Infectious Diseases Commonly Encountered in the Outpatient Setting (Source: CDC)

  • Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship (Source: CDC)

  • Measuring Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing (Source: CDC)

  • Continuing Education and Curriculum Opportunities (Source: CDC)

  • Print Materials for Patients Focusing on Issue of Antibiotic Resistance and Appropriate Antibiotic Prescribing (Source: CDC)

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship in Dentistry (Source: American Dental Association)

  • Print Material “Seven Way Dentists Can Act Against Antibiotic Resistance” (Source: CDC)

  • Checklist for Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry (Source: CDC)

Last updated: 01/16/2019

 

Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, honor roll recognition has been extended by one year (through September 2022). If you have any questions, please contact the Antibiotic Stewardship team at [email protected].

History of the Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship

The Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship was established in 2014 by the Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee.  The goal of the program was to provide an incentive for acute care facilities and critical access hospitals to engage in antimicrobial stewardship.  The program consisted of two phases: an engagement phase and an implementation phase.  The engagement phase required facilities to present a statement of commitment from senior leadership, identify their antibiotic stewardship team, and conduct a staff educational event regarding antimicrobial stewardship. The implementation phase required facilities to demonstrate that a process to select appropriate stewardship activities was undertaken and that the impact of these activities was measured.

The program was a success as 53 total hospitals participated and were recognized for phase I criteria.  Additionally, 13 of these facilities went on to achieve phase II designation.  An archived listing can be found  Download this doc file.  here 

Georgia’s Updated Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship

Since the release of the original Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll, several initiatives led by federal agencies have been introduced to further enhance antimicrobial stewardship in the inpatient settings.  The Joint Commission (TJC) issued antimicrobial stewardship accreditation standards which went into effect January 1, 2017.  The standards require hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing care centers to implement antimicrobial stewardship programs that align with current evidence-based practices. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule for hospitals and critical access hospitals in June 2016 requiring antimicrobial stewardship programs to demonstrate adherence to nationally recognized guidelines.

In light of these regulations, the Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship was revised to encourage facilities to build sustainable programs or enhance their existing programs with evidence-based practices. Please refer to the Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkit for program and application details.

♦  Click here for the new Honor Roll Toolkit  ♦ 

♦  Click here for the Honor Roll Model Checklist 

♦  Click here for the Application Form 

Current Honorees

Facility

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 Bronze

Appling Healthcare System  

 

 

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Augusta University Medical Center

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Atlanta

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Coliseum Northside Hospital

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DeKalb Medical Center 

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Dorminy Medical Center 

 

 

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Eastside Medical Center 

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Elbert Memorial Hospital 

 

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital 

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Emory University Hospital Midtown 

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Floyd Medical Center 

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Gordon Hospital

 

 

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Grady Health System 

 

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Gwinnett Medical Center 

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Habersham Medical Center

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Hamilton Health Care System 

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Houston Medical Center

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Miller County Hospital 

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Monroe County Hospital

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Morgan Medical Center

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Mountain Lakes Medical Center  

 

 

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Northside Hospital Atlanta 

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Northside Hospital Cherokee 

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Northside Hospital Forsyth 

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital 

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Piedmont Athens Regional 

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Piedmont Atlanta Hospital 

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Piedmont Columbus Regional - Midtown 

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Piedmont Fayette Hospital

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Piedmont Henry Hospital 

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Piedmont Mountainside Hospital 

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Piedmont Newnan Hospital 

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Piedmont Newton Hospital

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Piedmont Rockdale Hospital 

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Piedmont Walton Hospital

 

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Polk Medical Center 

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Redmond Regional Medical Center 

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Roosevelt Warms Springs Rehabilitation Hospital 

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St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Care System

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St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital 

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University Health Care System 

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Wayne Memorial

 

 

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WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

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WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South

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WellStar Cobb Hospital 

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WellStar Kennestone Hospital 

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital

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WellStar Paulding Hospital

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WellStar West Georgia Medical Center 

 

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West Central Georgia Regional Hospital

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Last updated: 4/25/2022