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… Read more.
Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. It has been estimated that at least half of all antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics have caused bacteria to adapt, antibiotics to become less effective; and strains of bacteria now resist treatment with antibiotics – resulting in “superbugs.” HCA has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation to promote good stewardship of antibiotics and to help prevent infections. For more information and to find out what you can do, view the video below. You may also visit Forbes.com to learn more.
HCA, which operates 164 hospitals and 114 surgery centers in 20 states and England, and the CDC Foundation today announced a $1 million cash donation by HCA to the CDC Foundation to help support international Ebola epidemic response efforts involving the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their work with partners on the ground in West Africa.
We’re excited to tell you about a new publication the CDC Foundation recently launched called Business Pulse. Business Pulse focuses on a different topic each quarter and today they’re releasing their second issue. The topic this quarter is Safe Healthcare, Protecting Patients, Lowering Costs and their featured guest is our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jon Perlin. HCA has a firm relationship with the CDC having previously worked on projects like REDUCE MRSA. In this issue of Business Pulse, Dr. Perlin discusses the ways in which HCA is improving quality across our network of healthcare facilities. Business Pulse is free and… Read more.