ICNet Systems is one of a select few vendors working with the
Over the past year,
With the growing resistance to antibiotics exacerbated by antibiotic overuse and misuse, more infections and pathogens have become resistant to multiple types or entire classes of antibiotics. Many experts in the infectious disease field now fear the prospect of a post-antibiotic era when care for vulnerable cancer, dialysis and surgery patients may be imperiled, and a child’s simple scratch could prove fatal.
The NHSN, which also collects data on the rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), stressed that a main goal of the AUR program was to promote the development of antimicrobial stewardship programs. These programs conserve antibiotics through more appropriate use and seek to interrupt transmission of resistant pathogens. Studies have shown that feedback from reliable reports of antimicrobial use and resistance help clinicians facilitate optimal antibiotic therapies, which not only prevent patient harm but also can save well over
The NHSN module is unique in the sense that it is populated entirely from electronic reporting.
“We are proud to participate in this program with the CDC; managing this precious resource of antibiotics is imperative nationally as well as globally,” said
ABX Alert is a real-time clinical decision support application that interfaces with existing hospital information systems to ensure appropriate prescribing of antibiotics. ABX Alert detects and prevents adverse drug events for all classes of drugs, as well as provides accurate and detailed reports on a wide range of quality-of-care metrics, including auditing of doctors’ adherence to prescribing protocols and the efficacy of interventions on patient outcomes.
The CDC’s preliminary analysis of non-risk-adjusted data from the project revealed huge variations in antibiotic use. For example, on surgical ICUs, the rate of use of vancomycin – a powerful antibiotic often used when other drugs fail – ranged from 39.4 per 1,000 patient days to 223 per 1,000 patient days.
For all antibiotics used facility-wide, rates per 1,000 patient days range from about 100 to 830, the CDC found.
A final report on the test phase of the program is still being developed. The CDC will use its
ICNet® is the global leader for infection surveillance software, in daily use at more than 1,200 hospitals, including a growing number in
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11499908.htm
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