HCA 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, 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’s sponsorship of this important tool for improving patient care.