Patient Safety Awareness

Patients.  We wouldn’t be here without them and keeping them safe is our number one priority. During Patient Safety Awareness week we are sharing a few of the ways we keep patients safe everyday.

With the widespread use of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance is increasing, requiring expensive and toxic compounds for treatment. At the same time, clinicians are also seeing more adverse effects to these drugs. Adverse reactions to antibiotics account for more visits to the Emergency Department than any other drug class.

Duke Regional began an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in 2011, allowing clinicians to decide what antibiotic would best serve the patient based on multiple factors including micro reports, renal function and drug- to-drug interactions. The goal of the program is to reduce drug resistance and adverse effects to antibiotics as well as decrease length of stay for patients. With fewer doses being dispensed to patients, our pharmacy has seen a reduction in resistant bugs, especially methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections with a higher minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). In layman’s terms— it’s working!

Check back in with us on March 7 to learn how something as simple as hand washing can keep patients safe.

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