Antimicrobial resistance contributes to 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths each year in the US alone (CDC, 2019). The inappropriate administration of antimicrobials not only compromises the benefit of essential pharmacologic therapies but also increases susceptibility to the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms (Moody et al., 2012). Coordination across all professional disciplines and universally adopted processes in hospitals, including optimal selection, dose, and duration of treatment, can significantly reduce the burden of antimicrobial resistance in hospitals (SHEA, 2015).
Our APSS outline actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain behavior change for high reliability, shared understanding, thorough communication, and meaningful person-centered care across the organization.
Actionable steps include:
- Executive Summary Checklist
- Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
- Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
- Clinical workflow for preoccupation with workflow for areas of improvement
- How to educate patients and family members about the significance of their role throughout the continuum
- Guidance on how to measure outcomes