Pharmacists may earn 1.50 CE Credits (0.15 CEUs) by completing this course on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) website. Please click here to go to the course (you will leave the myCME website). Your certificate will save on ASHP.org and will not be included in your myCME CME History.
This continuing medical education activity is provided by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Supported by an educational grant from Merck
The misuse and overuse of antimicrobial agents is evolving as one of the world’s most pressing public health challenges. Improving the use of antibiotics to decrease the emergence of drug resistant bacteria is an important patient safety and public health issue as well as a national priority. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) have become the focus of major national healthcare initiatives and have been singled out in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria released by the White House in March 2015 as a primary mechanism to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and spread of resistant infections. Policy changes at every level of government are changing and adjusting to the threat of antimicrobial resistance and highlight the benefits of ASPs.
This educational activity reviews components of successful and effective antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) that help to decrease antimicrobial resistance and the spread of resistant infections. Faculty discuss national initiatives that are directly influencing the role of ASPs across the health system.
This continuing education activity was planned to meet the needs of pharmacists and physicians in a variety of practice settings, including large and small health systems, ambulatory care clinics, managed care organizations, and academia. The activity is particularly beneficial for pharmacists, physicians, clinical specialists, managers, leaders, and educators who are interested in antimicrobial stewardship programs.
At the conclusion of this application-based educational activity, participants should be able to:
Select specific clinical areas that antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are useful for combating antimicrobial resistance and decreasing the spread of resistant infections
Outline national initiatives that are directly influencing the role of ASPs
Provide specific examples of the bundled approach to ASPs
Recommend clinical interventions for ASPs that can be implemented in various pharmacy practice models
Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, ASHP requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships. A person has a relevant financial relationship if the individual or his or her spouse/partner has a financial relationship (e.g. employee, consultant, research grant recipient, speakers bureau, or stockholder) in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services may be discussed in the educational activity content over which the individual has control. The existence of these relationships is provided for the information of participants and should not be assumed to have an adverse impact on the content.
All faculty and planners for ASHP education activities are qualified and selected by ASHP and required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. ASHP identifies and resolves conflicts of interest prior to an individual’s participation in development of content for an educational activity. Anyone who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships must be disqualified from any involvement with a continuing pharmacy education activity.
Dr. Garey reported no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity.
Edward J. Septimus, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Clinical Services Group HCA Healthcare System Professor, Internal Medicine Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Houston, TX
Dr. Septimus reported no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity.
Planners' and Managers' Disclosures
The planners and managers reported no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use of products/devices.
In order to receive credit, participants must complete the post-test and program evaluation. Participants must also score at least 70% on the post-test. Certificates will be distributed online at the conclusion of the activity. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.
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