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Hospira Reinforces Importance of Clinical Surveillance Technology in Line With World Health Day Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance
Date:4/7/2011

of the Henry Ford Health System, helping to replace inefficient, labor-intensive manual methods of antibiotic and antimicrobial monitoring.

"Henry Ford Hospital deployed the TheraDoc™ clinical surveillance platform to improve the efficiency of the antimicrobial stewardship program," said Ed Szandzik, R.Ph., M.B.A., director of pharmacy, Henry Ford Health System. "The technology has helped prevent the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Our stewardship program has been able to reduce antimicrobial use by 20 percent and help reverse the trend on C. difficile rates (which are currently below the Centers for Disease Control benchmark) through enhanced guidelines, policies, procedures and electronic monitoring."

Policy makers are also taking steps to address the growing problems of HAIs and the potential for associated antimicrobial resistance. For example, U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) has been a leader in this area with his legislation: "Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance Act" (STAAR Act), which supports many of the WHO AMR policies. In addition, several states have enacted legislation to require statewide reporting of HAIs. Many states now require hospitals to electronically report HAIs through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

Reporting HAIs alone, however, is often not enough. Combating AMR requires a comprehensive approach of reducing HAIs through surveillance and the appropriate use of antibiotics. This comprehensive approach is already achieving results in some states. After implementing a mandatory reporting program for HAIs, which also requires use of electronic clinical surveillance systems to track and report infections, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported a 12.5 percent reduction in HAIs in the state's acute-care hospitals in 2009.(5)

"Reducing HAIs is critical in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, as poor infection prevention and control can increase the spread
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