The team at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center joined the Great Plains QIN Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative and made a commitment, as a rural setting with limited resources, to increase Antimicrobial Stewardship in their community.
Their program is based on a foundation of awareness, education, data collection and reporting. Great Plains QIN’s goal is to assist outpatient providers as they implement the CDC Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship, as well as educate clinicians, partners and stakeholders on the principles of antimicrobial stewardship to slow-resistance bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections.
“Creating a culture of safety around antibiotic use and understanding the risks associated with misuse are very important. Our facility takes pride in providing safe, quality care to our patients,” stated Kristy Bunker RN, MSN, Infection Preventionist.
As we know, Antibiotic Stewardship Programs are highly important in healthcare settings. However, you too can be an advocate in your community by spreading the awareness about prescriptions and the use of antibiotics. Download the CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware educational toolkit for U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week materials that you can implement in your community. For additional tools and resources, visit our website to learn more.