We pride ourselves in being THE Teaching Hospital for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Our partnership brings many new avenues of cutting-edge care to the region. That’s something everyone should be proud of and thankful for!
One aspect of cutting-edge care our partnership has brought to you and your loved ones is antimicrobial stewardship. You likely read about our Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence designation last summer (if you missed it, read about it here).
Dr. Fortunato Pérez-Benavides, Medical Director of the UMC NICU, gave a presentation at a national meeting in Las Vegas in November about how hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship has led to a decrease in the unnecessary use of antibiotics in neonatal patients in the NICU. His goal, in the NICU, was to decrease antibiotic use by 50 percent in three years. The NICU team significantly exceeded the goal of decreasing the use of antibiotics by over 50 percent!
“This demonstrates continued quality of care with a reduced length of stay and a reduction of antibiotic use in the NICU since the establishment of the antibiotic stewardship program and total lab automation, with 24/7 service in the microbiology lab,” said Jeff Hill, Senior Vice President of Support Services.
Accomplishing this took multiple teams working together and embracing these changes, from the NICU Antibiotic Stewardship team— made up of UMC and Texas Tech Physicians, UMC pharmacists and nurses— to the UMC Antibiotic Stewardship team— made up of UMC and Texas Tech Physicians, UMC pharmacists, UMC microbiology lab and more— to NICU physicians and staff. Thank you for working so well across units, departments and entities to bring excellent care.