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2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

DA-3 - Antibiotic Drug Usage and Clinical Indications to Understand Antibiotic Prescribing Practices

Tuesday, October 9
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
CE: NAB: 1.25 | Nurses 1.25

Antibiotic stewardship programs have been integrated into health care due to antibiotic resistance in various care delivery settings. More than 23,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in the United States each year. The goal of antibiotic stewardship is to ensure residents receive the antibiotic medications suitable for their clinical indications. The program’s success will decrease the risk of negative outcomes, including the growth of antibiotic-resistant organisms, such as MRSA, or adverse patient consequences. This session will highlight the findings of antibiotic drug usage therapy in long term care settings. Specifically, we will discuss the most frequently ordered and administered antibiotic medications, therapeutic classes, and indications of use. We will also look at the correlation between antibiotic use and adverse outcomes, such as hospital readmission or Clostridium difficile. As the use of antibiotics and infections in long term care is a regulatory concern and care risk, providers must understand how to manage their risk and adapt their policies, procedures, and practices.

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Stanley Wayley Wang, MS, MA

Data Scientist

Stan Wang, MA, MS is a Data Scientist at PointClickCare. He is a part of the Data Intelligence team that is in charge of analyzing the various data sources that come from the clients and externally to create meaningful models and metrics that can help drive clinical and financial decisions for the customers.

Stan has been analyzing healthcare data for over 13 years, and specifically in the long-term care industry for over 11 years.

Stan holds two master’s degrees in Actuarial Science and Statistics both from Boston University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University.


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Laura Ditz, RN

Clinical Consultant

Laura is a Clinical Consultant, RN at PointClickCare. She joined the Data Intelligence team in May of 2017. She brings the clinical skill set and Long-term post-acute care workflow to the team. Prior to her role with the Data Intelligence team, she joined the PointClickCare team in 2015 as a Clinical Implementation Specialist for the Senior Living team.

Laura has been in the long-term post-acute care setting for 25 years. She is a registered nurse licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Her various roles have included Staff Development, Director of Nursing, Regional Clinical Operations – Skilled Care and Senior Living, Electronic Health Records Director, and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement. The various settings she has worked are hospital-based transitional care units, long-term care facilities, personal care communities, pharmacy, and hospice.

Laura has a degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in Nursing. She is presently continuing her education at Clarion University with the goal of a master’s degree in nursing.

Laura’s driving force has always been in the long-term post-acute care setting. Advocating for resident-centered care for positive resident outcomes has been her motivator.


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Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc

Physician (Public Health)
Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc is an adult infectious disease physician in the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Kabbani completed her internal medicine residency at Wayne State University in Michigan. After working as an academic hospitalist for two years at Beaumont Health System, she joined Emory University in 2011 for her post-doctoral infectious disease fellowship. During her fellowship she completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research at Emory working with population surveillance data and was awarded an NIH T32 training grant in vaccinology. In 2016, she joined the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship as a medical officer, where her areas of concentration include older adult and long term care antibiotic stewardship.


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