We're All in This Together: Antimicrobial Stewardship Across the Health System


Misuse of antimicrobials increases lengths of stay, emergence of resistant bacteria, health care costs, and likelihood of drug-related adverse events. Since the 1990s, antimicrobial stewardship efforts have progressively become more collaborative, emphasizing a systemwide approach. Most recently, the Joint Commission announced that effective January 1, 2020, its medication management guidelines will apply to the ambulatory care setting. During this session, presenters will explore the important role of a systemwide approach to antimicrobial stewardship—including business implications—and provide advice on implementation.


Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. List integral elements related to antimicrobial stewardship.
  2. Describe accreditation organizations’ standards related to antimicrobial stewardship programs.
  3. Identify members of and roles for antimicrobial stewardship teams across the health system.
  4. Given a case scenario, identify appropriate goals and outcomes for antimicrobial stewardship in settings across the health system.
  5. Discuss the potential benefits and risks of managing infectious diseases in the outpatient setting.
Michael Klepser, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP
Ferris State University
Benjamin Pontefract, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Health-System Pharmacy
Session Time Slot(s): 
Saturday, March 21
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Gaylord National Resort - National Harbor 3
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-20-094-L04-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
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