Training and Education

Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions conducts in-person and online education and training for pharmacy, physicians, nursing, quality, infection control, and new hires.  The training is led by clinical pharmacists and physicians using local resistance and antimicrobial use data.

Following are some of the education and training lectures that cover core topics on antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial stewardship as it relates to specific disease states such as UTIs. In addition, custom lectures are provided based on client needs, assessment and resistance trends.

Core:

  • Overview of Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Antibiogram and Resistance Patterns
  • Renal Function Assessment for Antimicrobial Dosing
  • Vancomycin Pharmacy Dosing Service
  • Applying Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Theory to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Antimicrobial Spectrum of Activity

Disease States:

  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Infections & Osteomyelitis
  • Intra-abdominal Infections
  • Bloodstream Infections
  • C. difficile Infections, Prevention, and Treatment
  • Renal Function Assessment for Antimicrobial Dosing
  • Vancomycin Pharmacy Dosing Service
  • Aminoglycosides: Optimizing Efficacy & Minimizing Toxicity 

We generate participant reports for each lecture so your organization can track attendance and document for internal and external reporting requirements such as Joint Commission surveying.

Clients also incorporate the core stewardship education topics as part of their new employee orientation and training program for physicians, pharmacists, and nursing staff.

Program Management

One-on-one conferences with ARS and facility liaisons to discuss patient cases for therapy optimization therapy, alternative antibiotics, and follow up to referral physicians and specialists.

Multidisciplinary protocols that are facility specific and include antimicrobial duration and multidisciplinary developed order sets.

Referral facility outreach covering transitions of care and communication, infection prevention measures, disease state management and collaborating on resistance trends.

Data Analysis and Reporting

ARS will conduct an initial detailed evaluation of facility data & practice that includes:

  • Antimicrobial expenditures and antimicrobial use
  • Review antimicrobial policies and practices
  • Antimicrobial outcome measures (antimicrobial resistance, CDI, adverse events, cost)
  • Evaluation of contracted services (pharmacy, laboratory, etc.)
  • Provider model
  • Identification of facility appointed clinical contact person(s)

We work with internal or 3rd party data sources to gather, report and analyze antimicrobial resistance program benchmark metrics.  Program analysis reports include total antibiotic expense and trends, resistance tracking for identified problems, lab utilization (C. diff testing, antibiotic levels, cultures) and education and participant tracking.

Additionally, each year ARS compiles annual antibiograms and empiric antimicrobial recommendations that can be easily and securely accessed through our website and mobile devices.