News & Announcements

October 2019

 

The Houston Methodist Antimicrobial Stewardship Program team presented best practices and research findings at IDWeek 2019 in Washington D.C.:

 

  • Experience and Challenges with Vancomycin Monitoring by AUC 
  • Presented by William L. Musick, PharmD, BCIDP
  • Oral Fosfomycin for Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections due to Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase and Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Poster #2261 | View poster>
  • Presented by Katherine K. Perez, PharmD, BCIDP 
  • Impact of an Electronic Antibiotic Timeout on the Utilization of Frequently Prescribed Antibiotics in Hospitalized Patients, Poster #1038 | View poster>
  • Presented by Katherine K. Perez, PharmD, BCIDP
  • Prevalence and Characteristics of Self-reported Antibiotic Allergies across a Multi-hospital Healthcare System | View poster>
  • Presented by Clare N. Gentry, MD, & Katherine K. Perez, PharmD, BCIDP

 

IDWeek 2019TM is the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). IDWeek features the latest science and bench-to-bedside approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV, across the lifespan. 

 

July 2019

 

VigiLanz recognizes Pharmacy and Infection Prevention with two 2019 Vigi Awards

 

 

Houston Methodist Hospital Receives the IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship 
Centers of Excellence Designation

The IDSA launched the program in 2017 to recognize institutions that have created antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) led by infectious diseases physicians and ID-trained pharmacists that are of the highest quality and have achieved standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CoE designation means these institutions serve as the “gold” standard for executing novel antimicrobial stewardship principles and demonstrate commitment to decreasing antimicrobial resistance. The recognition is the first among Houston Methodist entities and one of only a few hospitals that have earned the designation in the state of Texas. Congratulations to the team for their hard work and dedication to improving patient care!

 


Congratulations to the Houston Methodist Hospital ASP Medical Director, Clare Gentry, MD (not pictured here) and to the HMH ID Pharmacy Team! Left to right: Chase Janak, PharmD; Judy Ikwuagwu, PharmD; Katherine Perez, PharmD; William Musick, PharmD

 

To learn more about the designation, read “Going for the Gold: A Description of the Centers of Excellence Designation by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Ravina Kullar, Jerod Nagel, Susan C Bleasdale, Sarah H Sutton, Snezana Naumovski, Andres Rodriguez, Cheryl Smith, James Leggett, Ellie J C Goldstein, “Going for the Gold: A Description of the Centers of Excellence Designation by the Infectious Diseases Society of America,” Clinical Infectious Diseases, Volume 68, Issue 10, 15 May 2019, Pages 1777–1782.

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