Wolff - Enhancing Clostridioides difficile Diagnostic Stewardship at UPMC Day 3 - May 5, 2023
- Understand and identify appropriate C. diff testing
- Understand and Identify signs and symptoms of C. diff infection
- Understand and identify antimicrobial therapies that increase risk of C. diff infections
Dr. Hannah Creager Day 1 / Session 1
~4:00 - 5:00pm Choosing a Test Strategy -Laboratory testing for C. diff: Why isn’t this more straightforward?
- Describe currently available laboratory tests for C. difficile.
- Give the advantages and disadvantages of each of these tests.
- List circumstances under which C. difficile testing is or is not recommended.
Dr. Tina Khadem Day 1 / Session 2
~5:00 - 6:00pm Influencing Decision-Making: Learnings from Antimicrobial Stewardship - Strategies to Increase Influence: Tips from Antimicrobial Stewardship
- Identify categories of antimicrobial therapy that increase risk of C. difficile infection and how drug characteristics and outcomes of use can impact prescribing behavior.
- Outline approaches for implementing core and supplemental strategies of antimicrobial stewardship programs that may be extrapolated to diagnostic stewardship initiatives.
- Discuss lessons learned from antimicrobial stewardship interventions to identify and preempt challenges and barriers to successful implementation of diagnostic stewardship initiatives.
- Describe effective antimicrobial stewardship behavior interventions to influence decision making.
Renee Lynn Smith Day 2 / Session 1
~4:00 - 5:00pm A World of Options: Published Interventions and Strength of Evidence - Proven Success of Diagnostic Stewardship Interventions in Decreasing Both Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) testing and Healthcare Associated C. diff
• Describe how embedded questions in the electronic medical record (EMR) can reduce inappropriate ordering of Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) testing
• Recognize opportunities for education regarding proper and timely specimen collection
• Understand the need for future improvements in diagnostic stewardship
Maddy Berg Day 2 / Session 2
~5:00 - 6:00pm Drawing Inference: How to be Confident Diagnostic Stewardship Works - Drawing Inference: How to be Confident Diagnostic Stewardship Works
• Understand how to evaluate the potential success of a C. difficile diagnostic stewardship intervention.
• Understand how to use data to assess the benefit and harm of a diagnostic stewardship intervention.
Stephanie Faidley Day 3 / Session 1
~4:00 - 6:00pm Acute Care Facilities’ Interventions and Rates - Acute Care Facilities’ Interventions and Rates
• Understand the effect that symptom specific evaluation upon admission has on early identification of C. difficile infection
• Understand the effect that laboratory auto stop evaluation has on accurate identification of C. difficile infection vs colonization
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Hannah Creager, PhD, D(ABMM)
Tina Khadem, PharmD, BCPS
Renee Lynn Smith – MT(ASCP), CIC
Maddy Berg - MPH
Stephanie Faidley – MHA, BSN, COHN-S, CIC
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Physician Assistant (AAPA)
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Other Healthcare Professionals
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- 1.50 AAPA Category I CME
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- 1.50 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 1.50 Attendance