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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Rhode Island Long-Term Care Facilities: Current Standings and Future Opportunities

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 May 2016

Haley J. Morrill
Affiliation:
Infectious Diseases Research Program, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island Center of Innovation in Long-Term Support Services, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Leonard A. Mermel
Affiliation:
College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island Department of Epidemiology and Infection Control, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
Rosa R. Baier
Affiliation:
Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island
Nicole Alexander-Scott
Affiliation:
Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island Division of Preparedness, Response, Infectious Diseases, and Emergency Medical Services, Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, Rhode Island Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island
David Dosa
Affiliation:
Center of Innovation in Long-Term Support Services, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island
Sara Kavoosifar
Affiliation:
Master of Public Health Program, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island.
Rebecca Reece
Affiliation:
Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island Division of Preparedness, Response, Infectious Diseases, and Emergency Medical Services, Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, Rhode Island
Kerry L. LaPlante*
Affiliation:
Infectious Diseases Research Program, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island Center of Innovation in Long-Term Support Services, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
*
Address correspondence to Kerry L. LaPlante, PharmD, University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy, 7 Greenhouse Rd, Ste 295A, Kingston, RI 02881 (KerryLaPlante@uri.edu).

Abstract

Our survey of antimicrobial stewardship practices among Rhode Island long-term care facilities demonstrated opportunities to develop formal programs. Results suggest infection preventionists are largely responsible for ensuring appropriate antibiotic use in long-term care facilities and there is a need for increased interdisciplinary access to individuals with antimicrobial stewardship expertise.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;37:979–982

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© 2016 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved 

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Footnotes

Presented in part: IDWeek 2015; San Diego, California; October 8, 2015.

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