Antimicrobial Stewardship and Management of Sepsis: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Antimicrobial Stewardship (ASP) refers to the efforts aimed at enhancing judicious prescribing of unique therapeutic agents in the health care setting. Sepsis is a life threatening, complex clinical dilemma with regard to antimicrobial stewardship. Recent literature questioning the clinical impact of time to antimicrobials in sepsis highlights the relationship between sepsis and ASP. In an era of increasing antimicrobial resistance, there is a need for greater alignment between sepsis and ASP. This presentation will describe the role of antimicrobial stewardship in management of sepsis and areas of opportunity to potentiate this interdependent relationship between them.
This course was originally recorded on 12/17/20.
Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.
At the end of the webinar, the attendee should be able to:
- Explain the framework of an antimicrobial stewardship program and the interdependent relationship with sepsis management;
- Underline different strategies to optimize antimicrobial therapy in patients with sepsis;
- Recognize the multi-disciplinary ASP efforts to improve patient care for hospitalized patients with sepsis and the challenges ahead.
Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this webinar by the Sepsis Alliance Clinical Community Sponsors.
Nikunj Vyas, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist/Infectious Diseases, Jefferson Health - New Jersey
Dr. Nikunj Vyas, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases currently practicing at Jefferson Health – New Jersey. He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from St. John’s University in New York City in 2012. He then went on to complete a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, NJ and Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at West Virginia University Healthcare in Morgantown, WV. At Jefferson Health – New Jersey, he currently oversees infectious disease pharmacotherapy and co-chairs Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee in collaboration with Infectious Diseases service. He also serves as a preceptor and mentor to post-doctoral pharmacy residents and students from numerous pharmacy schools. He also serves as a member on numerous committees including Sepsis, Infection Control as well as Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee where he represents Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and/or Clinical Pharmacy Department. Dr. Vyas is also well published in gram positive and gram negative resistant organisms as well as Antimicrobial Stewardship Strategies in an inpatient setting. He also has continued interest in patient quality and safety as well as clinical outcome based research. Dr. Vyas was awarded the Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year for the state of NJ in 2018 by New Jersey Health System Pharmacists which was a big honor for his dedication to Antimicrobial Stewardship and optimizing patient care. In his free time, Dr. Vyas is a sports fanatic and loves to travel and try different cuisines around the world.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.6 contact hours.
Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.25 contact hours.
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- 1.25 Participation
- 1.60 RN CE Contact HoursProvider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.