CDC picks eight hospitals to pilot antibiotic training program

Program part of national effort to tackle antibiotic misuse

Eight hospitals have been selected as testing sites for a new program designed to improve antibiotic use among hospitals, Modern Healthcare reports.

Led by CDC and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the program will test methods to prevent antibiotic misuse and offer improvement tips to participating hospitals. According to an IHI news release, the program will help hospitals improve care by using "well-organized and implemented blueprints" to execute effective antibiotic use. At least half of antibiotic use in hospitals is inappropriate, IHI said.

The participating hospitals include Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., Medford, Ore.-based Rogue Valley Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo., and St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

Arjun Srinivasan, medical director at CDC's Get Smart for Healthcare Program, said the pilot will help hospitals "develop a practice action plan that all facilities will be able to utilize" in the future to cut back on excessive and unnecessary antibiotic use (McKinney, Modern Healthcare, 11/14 [subscription required]; IHI release, 11/14).

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