The antimicrobial stewardship program led by the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging offers a number of targeted educational interventions and support for long-term care providers in the state of Maryland.

These live and online clinical programs are designed to close knowledge gaps for long-term care pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other health care professionals.

Currently, targeted educational interventions and support are available for the following topics:

Asymptomatic Bacteriuria and Urinary Tract Infections

The most common infectious complication among residents in long-term care facilities is urinary tract infections (UTIs), including both uncomplicated UTIs and complicated forms such as catheter-associated UTIs (CAUTIs). Developing and implementing evidence-based guidelines and pathways for the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of UTIs is essential to decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use and preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance.

Live Training Programs:

  • First Program Estimated Launch: January 2019
  • Second Program Estimated Launch: April 2019

Online Training Programs:

  • First Program Estimated Launch: January 2019
  • Second Program Estimated Launch: April 2019

Understanding the Development and Interpretation of Antibiograms

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a toolkit to assist long-term care facilities in the development of facility-specific antibiograms, which aid prescribers in choosing appropriate antibiotics based on local susceptibility patterns. However, many facilities rely on off-site laboratories and do not have the knowledge-base needed to interpret these antibiograms. Our team works with institutions and their associated laboratories to improve communication regarding development and expectations for antibiograms.

Live Training Programs:

  • First Program Estimated Launch: January 2019
  • Second Program Estimated Launch: April 2019

Online Training Programs:

  • First Program Estimated Launch: January 2019
  • Second Program Estimated Launch: April 2019