Leading a Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Implementing the Core Elements & Sepsis Transitions of Care and Recovery Programs: Effects on Mortality and Readmissions

Session Descriptions: 

This activity includes two sessions from the Sepsis Alliance Summit to meet the minimum time requirement for nursing CE credits. 

Leading a Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Implementing the Core Elements

Antimicrobial stewardship has been widely established as a clinical priority. At the organizational level, successful stewardship involves strategic and budget planning as well as performance improvement measures that illustrate an organization’s efforts. There are numerous core pillars of establishing a successful antimicrobial stewardship program, but the effort starts with leadership commitment. In this session, we will discuss the implementation of core elements and foundational pieces considered necessary for leading a successful antimicrobial stewardship program.

Sepsis Transitions of Care and Recovery Programs: Effects on Mortality and Readmissions

Aggressive, early sepsis identification and treatment initiatives have decreased in-hospital mortality for patients with sepsis over the last two decades. However, management of sepsis survivors during the transition of care and recovery is complex.  Patients frequently face persistent downstream effects of their illnesses, causing sepsis to remain the leading cause of hospital readmission. Dr. Taylor, a physician scientist with NIH-funding to study optimal strategies for post-sepsis care, will address what is known about the post-acute care needs of sepsis survivors and discuss evidence-based approaches and strategies to improve outcomes and reduce hospital readmissions.

This content was originally presented on 4/6/2022 as part of the Sepsis Alliance Leadership Conference.

Target Audience

Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the attendee should be able to:

Leading a Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Implementing the Core Elements

  • Discuss how antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) have been established as national and organizational priorities;
  • Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) core elements that must be implemented to lay the foundation of a successful ASP;
  • Identify the impact of leadership commitment in developing a multidisciplinary ASP team.

Sepsis Transitions of Care and Recovery Programs: Effects on Mortality and Readmissions

  • Describe the impact of post-acute care and burden of hospital readmission for sepsis survivors;
  • Demonstrate awareness of the challenges faced by sepsis survivors in the transition out of acute care settings;
  • Define best practices to address the post-acute care needs of sepsis survivors;
  • Identify key implementation factors relevant to the success of sepsis transition support across different settings.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.40 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
Course opens: 
06/15/2019
Course expires: 
12/31/2022

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 an 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 the antimicrobial stewardship committee in collaboration with his infectious diseases service. He serves as a preceptor and mentor to post-doctoral pharmacy residents and students from numerous pharmacy schools. He also serves as a member of numerous committees including sepsis, infection control, and the pharmacy and therapeutics committee, where he represents antimicrobial stewardship programs and the clinical pharmacy department. Dr. Vyas is also well published in gram-positive and gram-negative resistant organisms as well as antimicrobial stewardship strategies in inpatient settings. He has a continued interest in patient quality and safety as well as clinical outcome-based research. Dr. Vyas was awarded the Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year award for the state of NJ in 2018 by New Jersey Health System Pharmacists, in honor of 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. 

Stephanie Taylor, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Atrium Health

Stephanie Taylor, MD, MS is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Taylor’s research interests focus on applying health services methods and pragmatic clinical trials to advance the learning hospital system and improve outcomes for patients with sepsis. She is the principal investigator of multiple NIH-funded studies evaluating optimal care strategies for sepsis survivors.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.4 contact hours.

Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.0 contact hours.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.40 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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This activity includes:

  • Pre-test
  • Slides
  • Pre-recorded webinar
  • Post-test
  • Evaluation

All components must be completed to earn a certificate of attendance. This course can be completed at your convenience.