Antibiotic Stewardship “Tag Busters” Learning Series: Session 5

Antibiotic Stewardship “Tag Busters” Learning Series: Session 5

Session 5: Utilizing and Reporting Antibiotic Use Data for Patient Care

Available On-demand:

Session Description:

Tracking and reporting antibiotic use data in long-term care facilities (LTCF), with an emphasis on applying this data to improve antimicrobial stewardship and patient care, are important components of quality improvement. Antimicrobial use metrics and other pertinent data, including strategies to track these data points, are incorporated. Sharing examples of reporting these metrics in an understandable and actionable format ensures transferability to your project.

Objectives of This Session Include:

    • Discuss antimicrobial use and resistance metrics and their utility
    • Review methods of tracking antimicrobial use metrics in post-acute and long-term care settings
    • Describe avenues of reporting data to improve patient care

Call to Action:

Antibiograms are tools for tracking and reporting data on antibiotic resistance and can be used by providers to help determine the best empiric antibiotic choice based on local resistance rates. Ideally, these are created annually and distributed to providers and staff of the facility. For a pre-session homework assignment, facilities should reach out to their microbiology lab leadership to ask about getting data for antibiograms. Some questions to consider when communicating with your lab(s):

  • Is the available antibiogram data from your institution specifically, or is it grouped data from your facility plus others that use the same reference micro lab? If combined from multiple facilities, where are these located (i.e., are the grouped facilities in a shared region that would probably have similar resistance rates)?
  • Can this antibiogram be created with one year’s worth of data, or will it combine data from multiple years?
  • What sample types are included in the antibiogram data (all cultures, just blood cultures, just urine cultures, etc.)?
  • Is this something the lab can provide annually?

Following this session:

If you are able to get data from your lab in a timely fashion, discuss it as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and share it with your providers.


Andrew B. Watkins, PharmD, BCIDP | Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital

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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