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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Polk Medical Center ​Antimicrobial Stewardship

To receive medical staff credentialing credit​: 
 
  1. ​Review the antimicrobial stewardship information below. ​  
  2. Fill out and submit the ​attestation form for Floyd Health System
The Antimicrobial Stewardship program at Polk optimizes the use of antimicrobial agents to achieve the best clinical outcome, enhance treatment and minimize the development of resistance and toxicity. Efforts are focused on the following criteria:​​ ​

  • Optimal selection
  • Dosing
  • Duration
A multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship team meets quarterly ​to review trends in antimicrobial use, resistance patterns, interventions, and reports its findings and recommendations to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee

  • ​​Greta Freeman, Medical Laboratory Technician​
  • Eve​lyn Henslee, Clinical Manager​
  • Sharon Hogue, Director, Employee Health
  • Anita Jackson, Director,​ Inpatient Nursing Services 
  • Tifani Kinard, Administrator, Polk Medical Center​
  • ​Christy Lindsey, Clinical Pharmacist
  • Crystal McDaniels, Clinical Manager ​
  • Dr. Steven Ziemer, Etowah Emergency Physicians ​​​​​​​​​​

Progress

  • Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll​, Gold Status at Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Installation of Theradoc surveillance and data-mining system
  • Inpatient De-Escalation Alert for Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics
  • Published an antibiotic recommendation chart and letter​​​ for outpatient uncomplicated cystitis

Future Projects​​

  1. ​Approve and publish an Extended-infusion Zosyn policy

​Antibiotic Susceptibility Reports

​​​​Program Policies

Treatment Guidelines ​and Recommendations

Return to the Attestation Form Page​

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