Effective Antimicrobial Management Programs (AMP) call for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, microbiologists and infection preventionists to work together to achieve optimal patient treatment, avoid unnecessary treatment, and prevent the emergency of multiple-drug resistant organisms.

AMP’s are important to the overall Infection Prevention efforts of a healthcare organization.  At HCA, we focused a lot of energy on targeting specific organisms or infections and had good success.  For example, our AIM for Zero Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) efforts have reduced CLABSI within the ICU by 57.4%  since 2006. We’ve also seen a 16% decrease in hospital onset healthcare acquired C. difficile among all inpatients since 2008 thanks to our C. difficile ABC program.

Preventing infections is a team effort. Still, there is one role in particular that plays a pivotal part; the Infection Preventionist. HCA’s director of infection prevention, Julia Moody, discusses the role of the Infection Preventionist in this blog posting for the CDC.