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RxAdvanced: Antimicrobial Stewardship

The nation’s hospitals and healthcare systems are focused on setting and following best practices for treating infectious diseases through effective management of antibiotics. Multidisciplinary healthcare teams across the U.S. acknowledge that highly trained pharmacists are key leaders in their antimicrobial stewardship efforts.

Through interactions with clinicians and daily work routines, pharmacists are uniquely poised to monitor patients and make recommendations that can influence antimicrobial stewardship.

From effective dosing strategies to alternative therapies that prevent antibiotic resistance, pharmacists with expertise in infectious disease share insights that help healthcare institutions of all sizes deliver a high standard of patient care through antimicrobial stewardship.

TRC Healthcare designed the RxAdvanced: Antimicrobial Stewardship training to help pharmacists fulfill this important role.

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What to Expect from RxAdvanced: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Your pharmacy staff may be hindered by a limited headcount, or by a lack of formal training in infectious diseases. In any setting, RxAdvanced: Antimicrobial Stewardship gives 11.5 hours of ACPE-accredited training that prepares pharmacists to be effective leaders and/or team members within your pharmacy’s antimicrobial stewardship program.

Developed by practicing pharmacists with infectious disease expertise, this series of 11 self-guided, interactive courses shares comprehensive recommendations and research that can help pharmacies meet national standards of excellence that aim to appropriately utilize antibiotics and improve patient outcomes. Pharmacists can complete each course within the program online at their convenience 24/7.

In this 11-part program, your pharmacists will learn:

  • Explore a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of antimicrobial stewardship
  • Determine how to implement a compliant plan for antimicrobial stewardship
  • Study best practices and the newest evidence-based research for treating and preventing common and/or novel antibiotic-resistant infections
  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of all types of infections, from the skin and respiratory systems to the bones and joints
  • Discover diagnostic opportunities and learn how to assess patterns of infection within a local population

 

Your Guide to RxAdvanced: Antimicrobial Stewardship

  • Getting to the Core of Antimicrobial Stewardship (1 hour): Explores how colleagues from all healthcare disciplines can collaborate to build and implement a compliant antimicrobial stewardship program in an institutional pharmacy setting.
  • Approaches in the Management of Antibiotic-resistant Bacterial Infections (1.5 hours): Covers major causes of resistance, susceptibility test results, rapid organism identification and/or resistance gene detection, and how they can be used to influence therapies and prevent further resistance.
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (1 hour): Discusses ways to differentiate primary and secondary infections of the skin and soft tissue. Suggests factors that may influence decisions about antimicrobial therapies.
  • Management of Central Nervous System (CNS) Infections in the Immunocompetent Host (1 hour): Describes the role of specialty medications in patient care and the pharmacist role in rapid diagnostics and optimal treatments for meningitis and encephalitis.
  • Treatment Approaches for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (1 hour): Summarizes risk factors, patient characteristics, and etiology for all forms of pneumonia. Covers related drug therapies and infection prevention strategies.
  • Pharmacologic Management of Intra-abdominal Infections (1 hour): Outlines common causes and treatment approaches to all forms of intra-abdominal infections.
  • Diagnosis and Management of Urinary Tract Infections (1 hour): Reviews effective diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections and who should (or should not) be tested for asymptomatic bacteriuria.
  • Best Practices for the Treatment of Bone and Joint Infections (1 hour): Trains pharmacists in diagnostics and treatment plans for bone and joint infections.
  • Antifungal Treatment Approaches for Invasive Fungal Infections (1 hour): Surveys risk factors, effective therapies, and follow-up monitoring for all forms of invasive fungal infections.
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship of Clostridioides Difficile Infection (CDI) (1 hour): Discusses prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of initial and recurrent CDI. Explores the pharmacist role in diagnostic stewardship.
  • Treatment of Sepsis and Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections (1 hour): Covers evidence-based antibiotic treatments for each type of sepsis and catheter-related bloodstream infection.

 

 

Key Benefits of RxAdvanced: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Improve patient outcomes. As trained experts in the recognition, treatment, and prevention of infection, pharmacists who complete this program can help lower mortality rates, curb the spread of drug-resistant infections, and minimize the unintended consequences of over exposure to antibiotics.

Ease the healthcare burden. Patients with antibiotic-resistant infections have longer stays, more expensive, complicated care, and higher readmission rates. Our training educates pharmacists to improve prescribing practices, reducing excess costs linked to unnecessary use of antibiotics, which in turn relieves the overburdened healthcare system.

Meet or exceed national standards. Your commitment to training pharmacists for participation and leadership in antimicrobial stewardship prepares your hospital to meet regulatory guidelines based on core elements recognized by the healthcare industry as essential for improving patient safety.

Foster organizational change. An effective antimicrobial stewardship program changes the way healthcare professionals work and relate to each other. Pharmacists who gain infectious disease expertise through authoritative sources like TRC Healthcare can adapt behaviors and processes. They serve as catalysts of complex organizational changes that improve patient safety.

 

Improve antimicrobial stewardship at your hospital.

Prepare your pharmacists with robust knowledge of antimicrobial stewardship in order to deliver better healthcare.

 

RxAdvanced is currently only available for group subscriptions. Individual subscriptions will be available in early 2022.