TGMC Takes Proactive Approach to Better Serve Patients

Rhonda Alfred

Houma, LA–03/12/2019

The Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) Antimicrobial Stewardship Team is proud to be one of the ONLY hospital teams in the state to participate in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program, a Johns Hopkins program, for improving antibiotic use.  The goals of antibiotic stewardship program is to ensure that all patients requiring antibiotics receive the right drug, at the right dose and for the right duration  to avoid the use of antibiotics where they will not be of benefit, and could cause harm. Through participating in this program TGMC was able to reduce unnecessary antibiotic rates and decrease infection rates.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Team was led by our Dr. Nicole McKee, Medical Director of Integration and Quality. In addition it consisted of an interdisciplinary group of clinicians from Pharmacy, Infection Control, Lab, and Dr. Mary Eschete, Infectious Disease Specialist on a consultative basis. Additional direction was obtained from the team's interactions with the Medical Staff Performance Improvement Committee, Infection Control Committee, and the Quality and Safety Council.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Team worked collaboratively to improve patient care outcomes and safety through identification and analysis of antimicrobial use at TGMC through: clinical interventions, guideline and protocol development, reporting systems, education and other clinical decision support tools and practices in order to improve antimicrobial drug utilization, reduce antimicrobial drug costs and decrease the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

 “We are proud to have participated in the AHRQ Safety Program through John Hopkins,” said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO. “We are constantly striving to improve patient outcomes, and thanks to the dedication of our physicians, staff, and administration we were able to achieve a positive impact that resulted in a proactive approach to better patient care.”


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