CHI St. Joseph's Health

CHI St. Joseph's Health Achieves Minnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll

PARK RAPIDS, MN (JAN. 9, 2018) - The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) highlighted efforts to fight antibiotic resistance through antibiotic stewardship and recognized CHI St. Joseph's Health as an honoree of the Minnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll for Hospitals.

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of drugs, chemicals, or other agents designed to cure or prevent infections. There are an increasing number of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics in recent decades primarily due to overuse of those antibiotic drugs.

As a way to fight antibiotic resistance, health officials are focusing on the importance of antibiotic stewardship. Twenty-six hospitals in Minnesota have shown their commitment for antibiotic stewardship receiving bronze, silver or gold achievements. CHI St. Joseph's Health is one, receiving the silver and bronze awards for their collaboration, action and commitment to the efforts.

Physician Leader Nathan Harris, MD, Pharmacist Leader Jodi Behrens, PharmD and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at CHI St. Joseph's Health implemented new communication efforts with patients, family, staff, and the public about antibiotic use. Reviewed and improved the process for C. difficile management, including IPC actions and prescribing guidelines.

A description of the MDH Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll program and a full list of the names of the honor roll hospitals can be found at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/onehealthabx/honor/honorac.html