Hawaii Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative (HASC) for Acute Care Hospitals

Antimicrobial stewardship refers to coordinated interventions designed to improve the use of antibiotics. This program has been shown to increase optimal prescribing for therapy and prophylaxis, to improve the quality of patient care, to reduce adverse events associated with antibiotic use (e.g., Clostridioides difficile infection), to decrease the risk of multidrug resistant organisms, and to offer potential cost savings to hospitals. CDC recommends that antibiotic stewardship programs be implemented in all hospitals.

The Hawaii Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative (HASC) convenes Acute Care Hospitals six times a year to exchange ideas, to support efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing, as well as to stay informed about current recommendations and best practices.

The most recent CDC study focused on antibiotic prescribing in US hospitals found that more than half of antibiotic prescribing for selected events in hospitals was not consistent with recommended prescribing practices.  Clinicians and pharmacists can improve antibiotic prescribing by:

  • following recommendation guidelines,
  • re-assessing antibiotic treatment when the results of diagnostic testing are available, and
  • using the shortest effective duration of therapy.

To join the Hawaii Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative (HASC) contact the AR Epidemiologist, Enid Vélez at:

[email protected]
Phone No. (808) 208-4701

 


 

Resources for Hospitals

Previous Webinars

Antimicrobial Stewardship Core Elements

Initial Antibiotic Selection and De-escalation in Sepsis

AmpC B-Lactamases: The Stealthy Inducible Mechanism of Resistance

Presentations

Community Acquired Pneumonia

Web Resources

Thinking of a Fluoroquinolone? Think Again

Don’t Give in and Give Those Antibiotics!

What is Delayed Prescribing?

Five Ways Hospital Pharmacists Can Be Antibiotics Aware

Oral Antibiotic Discharge: Selection and Duration Guideline

Gap Analysis for Initiating an Antimicrobial Stewardship Transition of Care (TOC) Model

John Hopkins Toolkit to Enhance Nursing and Antibiotic Stewardship Partnership

Strategies to Assess Antibiotic Use to Drive Improvements in Hospitals

AHRQ Acute Care Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkit

More Resources