This session will provide guidance on starting and sustaining an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) in PALTC facilities. Speakers will introduce the audience to the core elements that are essential to a successful ASP, provide practical tips on how to utilize data for development of an ASP specific to the needs of their facilities, and discuss how to overcome barriers. This session will include a 20-minute question and answer period with a panel to provide an opportunity to interact with the experts and get practical tips. The goal of this session is to prepare clinical practitioners and nursing home administrators for implementing a sustainable ASP at their facilities based on the core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Describe core elements of an antibiotic stewardship program and the related Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulations.
Recognize strategies for tracking and analyzing data along with its importance in development of a successful ASP.
Demonstrate practical steps that can be taken to implement each element of a data-driven ASP.
Identify different approaches to overcome commonly encountered barriers in ASP implementation.