Georgia QIN-QIO promoting antibiotic stewardship program

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Adrienne Mims, M.D., the vice president and chief medical officer of Medicare Quality Improvement for Alliant Quality – which is Georgia’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) – is encouraging physicians to help “curb antibiotic overuse and thwart the emergence of antibiotic resistance” by “[working] in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, QIN-QIO, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by employing a community-based antibiotic stewardship approach based on the CDC Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship.”

Dr. Mims explains that, “Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in today’s society have become an international concern. New antibiotic development has slowed and emergence of resistant strains is on the rise. Research tells us that the bulk of antibiotic prescribing occurs in the outpatient setting. In those instances where an antibiotic is prescribed, approximately 30 percent of cases do not indicate the need for antibiotics. Additionally, in 50 percent of those cases where an antibiotic is prescribed, a misuse of the agent occurs secondary to frequency, duration or agent utilized.”
 
She adds that, “Antimicrobial stewardship programs are being implemented worldwide because they are effective in optimizing antimicrobial therapy, and improving patient safety and quality of care.”

Dr. Mims consequently encourages “[physicians and health care facilities] to partner with our QIN-QIO to work on implementing comprehensive antibiotic stewardship programs.”

Contact Kristine Williamson at 919.745.4735 or Kristine.Williamson@alliantquality.org with questions. 

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