Antibiotic Stewardship

30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes

1301 - Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship: When Two Worlds Collide

Wednesday, June 14
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, E 141-144

Antibiotic stewardship has quickly become a priority for healthcare systems across the country. Each day, more is learned about the emergence of "superbugs" and the threats they pose to modern medicine. In an effort to reduce antimicrobial resistance, national, state, and local efforts are focusing on the appropriate use of antibiotics, especially in the hospital setting. The infection preventionist plays a key role in this arena, partnering with physicians, nurses, lab personnel, executives, and pharmacy, nursing, and quality departments to combat the overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics. This presentation will describe how one hospital system approached antibiotic stewardship with the corporate director of infection prevention designated as the antibiotic stewardship project leader. We will look specifically at the role of the infection preventionist as the hospital system developed their antimicrobial stewardship committees. We will describe the CDC Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs, as well as practical implementation methods from the National Quality Forum Practical Playbook for Antibiotic Stewardship. We will review the formation of the committees, the role of the infection preventionist, and the challenges faced. The target audience is infection preventionists as well as anyone involved in their hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program.

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Tracey Rhodes

Infection Prevention Manager
Mountain States Health Alliance
Johnson City, Tennessee

Tracey Rhodes, RN, CIC, is the Infection Prevention Manager for Washington County at Mountain States Health Alliance. Tracey is responsible for the direct oversight of the Infection Prevention department for 3 of the 13 hospitals within Mountain States, including Johnson City Medical Center, the flagship, level 1 trauma center for the system. Prior to assuming the manager role, Tracey worked as an Infection Prevention Practitioner at Johnson City Medical Center for 8 years. She became board certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology in 2012, and is recertifying in 2017. Tracey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health and her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State University.

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Jamie Swift

Corporate Director, Infection Prevention
Mountain States Health Alliance
Johnson City, Tennessee

Jamie Swift is the corporate director of infection prevention and wound care for Mountain States Health Alliance. She has responsibility for management of the infection prevention and wound care departments for the health system, which encompasses 13 hospitals across northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Jamie served as the infection prevention manager for Washington County for Mountain States Health Alliance before assuming the role of corporate director in 2012. Prior to joining Mountain States Health Alliance, Jamie worked 11 years with the Tennessee Department of Health, nine of which she served as the director of communicable and environmental disease services for the northeast Tennessee Region. Jamie holds a BSN and received her board certification in infection control in 2014.

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Irena L. Kenneley

Associate Professor/Faculty Development Director
Case Western Reserve UniversityFrances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Cleveland, Ohio

Irena L. Kenneley, PhD, RN, CNE, CIC, FAPIC is a researcher and associate professor of nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

She teaches microbiology, infection control and public health to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Dr. Kenneley has 30 years' experience across the continuum of health care delivery and as an infection preventionist.

Dr. Kenneley has worked in numerous areas within nursing and infection control including critical care, risk management and performance improvement. She has expertise in infection prevention, microbiology, immunology, including home health care and pandemic planning.

Dr. Kenneley is currently is one of APICs Board of Directors. She is the author of My Bugaboo in Prevention Strategist.

Dr. Kenneley graduated from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio with a Bachelor in Science degree. She received her MSN in Public Health Nursing, and PhD from Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio.

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