How to Establish an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

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How to Establish an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program - On-Demand

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How to Establish an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program - On-Demand

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Available ON-DEMAND

Presented on: 
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern 

Presented by: 
Jennifer Pisano, MD

Sponsored by:
Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare

Level of Program:

Antimicrobial overuse is a major problem for hospitals. Overuse of antibiotics can lead to the development of multidrug-resistant organisms, unintended antibiotic toxicity, and Clostridium difficile infections. CMS and The Joint Commission have increased their emphasis on antimicrobial stewardship programs as a way to control this growing issue. 

During this on-demand program, expert speaker Jennifer Pisano, MD, will explain why antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) are important and how to establish a program in your facility. Utilizing her experience and successful track record, she will show attendees how her center has achieved a 95% acceptance rate by providers for stewardship recommendations. 

At the conclusion of this on-demand program, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the importance of antimicrobial stewardship and its relation to overall patient care (inside/outside the acute care setting) 
  • Understand how to get an ASP started 
  • Discuss ways to measure outcomes of an ASP 
  • Outline the aspects of ASPs that are of interest to regulatory bodies 

Who Should Attend? 

  • Accreditation professionals 
  • Patient safety professionals 
  • Quality directors 
  • Risk managers 
  • Infection control professionals 
  • Infection preventionists 
  • Directors of nursing 
  • Hospital leadership 


  • Making the case for antimicrobial stewardship to hospital leadership 
  • First steps in starting an ASP 
    • Systems-based vs. behavioral change 
  • Approach to outcomes measurement—continually proving your worth 
    • Utilization/cost vs. safety goals 
  • Planning for compliance with regulatory agencies 
    • Potential focus areas for CMS, Joint Commission 
  • Q&A (not live) 


  • CDC checklist for antimicrobial stewardship 
  • Link to National Action Plan for antimicrobial stewardship 
  • Links to draft CMS indicators 


Meet the Speaker 

Jennifer PisanoJennifer Pisano, MD, is on the faculty of the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences in the section of infectious diseases and global health. She is an infectious disease physician, with a focus in infectious diseases of the immunocompromised host, and is medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP), a nationally recognized program that received the 2012 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)’s Best Practice Award. As medical director of the ASP, Pisano leads a team whose primary objective is to improve clinical outcomes and curb antimicrobial resistance through the safe and judicious use of antimicrobials in her hospital and community. She has helped to build a nationally recognized program that has demonstrated both cost savings and improved quality of care at the University of Chicago Medicine.

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Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
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Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location.

No problem. The On-Demand version is also available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Please note 
Participation in this webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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