Antibiotic Stewardship “Tag Busters” Learning Series: Session 2

Antibiotic Stewardship “Tag Busters” Learning Series: Session 2

Session 2: Measuring and Tracking Antibiotic Use in Antimicrobial Stewardship

Available On-demand:

Session Description: Antimicrobial stewardship is a set of commitments and actions intended to optimize the treatment of infections. Stewardship efforts are designed to measure and improve antimicrobial prescribing, so antibiotics are used when needed at the right time, dose and duration.

Objectives of This Session Include:

    • Learn the common approaches to measuring and tracking antimicrobial use
    • Become familiar with the antimicrobial use data collection tools
    • Determine how to use antimicrobial stewardship (identify targets and educate on antimicrobial utilization)

Call to Action: Prior to the session, please brainstorm and bring notes on the following documents/assessments:

    1. Identify what method your facility uses to measure antimicrobial utilization:
        • Point prevalence of antibiotic use
        • Days of antibiotic therapy
        • Antibiotic starts

Following this session:

    1. Identify what your facility tracks:
        • C. difficile, MRSA, Antibiotic Resistant GN bacteria (i.e., E. coli)
        • Adverse drug events
        • Cost related to antibiotic use
    2. Identify what interventions your facility is using to optimize antimicrobial stewardship:
        • Facility-specific treatment guidelines
        • Audit and feedback
        • Diagnostic stewardship (rapid and accurate diagnosis of infections)

Speaker: Jaime Zapata, CIC, LSSGB | Senior Quality Improvement Facilitator, Infection Prevention Specialist, Telligen

Office Hours: Please use this link to speak with Telligen/CDPHE facilitators during open office hours on the following 2023 dates:

    • Friday, April 14
    • Friday, June 9
    • Friday, August 11
    • Friday, May 12
    • Friday, July 14

Audience: Nursing homes staff, medical directors, prescribing clinicians and consultant pharmacists. We welcome anyone who supports long-term care providers with improving antibiotic stewardship practices.

Please Note: This learning series is available to Colorado long-term care facilities only. If you would like support related to Antibiotic Stewardship, please reach out to Telligen’s Infection Preventionist, Jaime Zapata at

Series Description: Telligen, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) invites you to join an upcoming “Tag Busters” learning series focused on antibiotic stewardship. Antibiotic stewardship optimizes the treatment of infections while reducing the side effects of antibiotic use. This learning series is aligned with and supports the CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes and is designed to provide participants with evidence-based approaches to improve antibiotic use through action, tracking and reporting.

Why antibiotic stewardship?

    • 40% of antibiotic stewardship deficiency tags are related to tracking.
    • Antibiotics are often prescribed in nursing homes with 70% of residents receiving antibiotics in a single year.
    • Up to 75% of antibiotics prescribed in nursing homes may be unnecessary.
    • Inappropriate antibiotic use may result in adverse side effects, including Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infections, resistant organisms and increased healthcare costs.

Each session of this learning series will feature a new topic during which experts will share key information, tools and resources to support success with improving antibiotic stewardship practices, resident safety and quality of care. This series occurs at 12 p.m. MT/1 p.m. CT on the first Friday of each month. Below are the session dates and topics:

Objectives of This Series Include:

    • Describe the core elements of antibiotic stewardship for nursing homes
    • Design quality initiatives to improve collecting, tracking and reporting of appropriate antibiotic use
    • Apply educational tools and resources to improve antibiotic stewardship programs
    • Demonstrate effective tracking and reporting practices

Registration Required: Registration is now closed for this project. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for the next cohort, please email Courtnay Ryan at Thank you!

For More Information: If you are interested in learning more, please contact Courtnay Ryan at  

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