ASHP Summer 2013
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) will hold its Summer Meeting and Exhibition June 1-5, 2013, in Minneapolis, MN. The ASHP Summer Meeting will feature the annual House of Delegates Proceedings, educational sessions, CE opportunities, and more.
Day 1
Strategies for Improving Medication Safety: A National Perspective From ISMP
Although medication safety in hospitals has improved in the past decade, substantial issues persist. This presentation by representatives of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reviewed the top 10 issues and presented strategies for improving outcomes.
Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Emergency Department: Does Your Institution Need an Emergency Department–Specific Antibiogram?
The importance of prompt empiric therapy is clear: it leads to better survival among patients with both community- and hospital-acquired infections. Tools such as antibiograms are used to help guide antibiotic selection. However, broad-based antibiograms may not always be appropriate for all areas of an institution.
Update in Infectious Diseases: Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common hospital-acquired infection that is associated with a high clinical and economic burden. Because of this management of CDI is quickly becoming a part of institutional quality measures.
Day 2
Prescription Drug Harm and Death: An Epidemic. What Is Being Done?
Safe use of prescription drugs continues to be a key topic for discussion and education. As part of the 2013 Medication Safety Collaborative, this presentation provided a federal-, state-, and local-level overview of ways healthcare providers (physicians, prescribers, nurses, pharmacists) and individuals can take part in contributing to solutions.
Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Emergency Department: It's Growing…Who Are You Going to Call?
Increasing numbers of patients are using the emergency department (ED) for acute healthcare needs. Infectious diseases such as urinary tract infections and skin and soft tissue infections (cellulitis) rank among the top diagnoses made in the ED. While empiric treatment of these infections is common, it is critical that results and susceptibilities are reviewed to ensure appropriate therapy. Pharmacists are in a unique position to lend expertise in this area to improve outcomes and reduce readmissions.
HITECH Update: Keeping the Patient at the Center of All We Do
Judy Murphy, RN, the deputy national coordinator for programs and policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in Washington, DC, updated participants regarding the efforts under way under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to promote improvement in the quality of healthcare through health information technology.
Day 3
The Right Place With the Right Tools
The US healthcare system is in need of transformation. The United States spends more than any other industrial country on healthcare, yet regardless of demographics, life expectancy is shorter and the US population is less healthy compared with populations in other countries. Collaborative efforts and a focus on the Triple Aim will be key in improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.
Optimizing Insulin Therapy and Cardiovascular Care in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a multifactorial condition that requires optimization of glycemic control as well as cardiovascular care. This presentation highlighted key aspects of the 2013 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care to provide guidance on managing insulin therapy and to help clinicians optimize cardiovascular care in adult patients with diabetes.
The Pharmacological Intervention in Late Life (PILL) Service: Enhancing Medication Safety After Hospital Discharge
The PILL Service is a care transition program designed to support older adults with cognitive impairment and help them maintain independent function. This program, which has resulted in improved clinical and economic outcomes, is characterized by a team effort focusing on proactive medication review and patient-centered medication reconciliation.