HCA Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Discusses National Playbook for Antibiotic Stewardship

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HCA Healthcare made leading national efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship, an important component of our quality and patient safety efforts several years ago. I was privileged to represent our organization, hospitals and healthcare providers at The White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship last year. And now Dr. Ed Septimus, medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology at HCA Healthcare, co-authored the newly-released “Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook,” in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Quality Forum (NQF).

The Playbook began as a national call to action to address the antibiotic crisis. The frequent misuse and overuse of antibiotics results in adverse outcomes, increased resistance to antimicrobials, and increased pharmacy costs. We are proud of Dr. Septimus’ work on the Playbook, which provides a comprehensive and practical plan for hospitals to implement stewardship programs that can help improve patient outcomes and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Click here to read more on HCA Healthcare’s sponsorship of this important tool for improving patient care.

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HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 183 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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