CHA, HQI and CDPH to Host Antibiotic Use Web Forum

California Hospital Association (CHA), the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI)and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will host a webinar April 5 from 9-10 a.m. (PT) to explain the National Healthcare Safety Network’s (NHSN) tool for helping hospitals track their antibiotic use. California law requires hospitals to implement an antimicrobial stewardship policy that meets guidelines established by the federal government and professional organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends tracking antibiotic use to identify ways to improve and assess the impact of antimicrobial stewardship efforts.

To help in those efforts, NHSN has developed an antibiotic use module that hospitals can use to track and analyze their antibiotic use data, and compare it to other U.S. hospitals. Benchmarking to national risk-adjusted data has been helpful in reducing health care-associated infections and may play an important role in antimicrobial stewardship.  

The webinar will:

  • Introduce the NHSN antibiotic use module
  • Discuss the benefits of using the module to track and benchmark antimicrobial use
  • Explain how to implement antibiotic use reporting
  • Review antibiotic use reporting resources

In addition, staff from the California Department of Public Health will discuss assistance for hospitals, including:

  • Technical assessment of hospitals’ IT infrastructure and antibiotic use reporting readiness
  • Step-by-step antibiotic use implementation plans
  • An antibiotic use verification and validation toolkit
  • A statewide collaborative forum to discuss progress and barriers to implementation with other participating hospitals

Registration is available online. For more information,  contact Debby Rogers, vice president clinical performance and transformation, at drogers@calhospital.org or Barbara Roth at broth@calhospital.org.