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Focus on antimicrobial stewardship

April 13, 2018

Judicious use of antimicrobials is key to preventing hospital-acquired infections and curbing the epidemic of multi-drug resistant organisms; however, the best available evidence can sometimes be buried in 20+ page clinical guidelines. As a clinician, it can be difficult to know the best way to stay current on the dos and don’ts of antimicrobial stewardship. In an effort to assist, WHA is offering a four-part virtual Journal Club on antimicrobial stewardship topics for clinicians.

The series includes the following sessions, with content appropriate for physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and quality professionals:

  • When to Test and When to Treat…A Deep Dive on Asymptomatic Bacteriuria
    Was offered April 12; Available via recording
  • Evidence-based Strategies to Avoid Prescribing Unnecessary Antibiotics
    June 11, 12-1 pm CST
  • Evidence-based Strategies to Prescribe Antibiotics More Effectively
    August 13, 12-1 pm CST
  • Pre-op Urinalysis Before Orthopedic Surgery…What is the Current Evidence
    October 15, 12-1 pm CST

The series will be hosted by Robert Redwood, MD, MPH. Dr. Redwood is WHA’s physician improvement advisor, works full time as an emergency and preventive medicine physician at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage and is chair of the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship committee.

The virtual Journal Club series will utilize Zoom technology, allowing participants to see each other and converse, as well see the presenter and his material. Those participating in the live sessions have the ability to earn continuing education credit. The sessions will also be recorded and available for future viewing. To register for individual sessions or the full series, visit There is no cost to participate in the Journal Club, but pre-registration is required.

Mark your calendars and feel free to spread the word. For questions about content, email Beth Dibbert at For registration questions, contact Kayla Chatterton at or call 608-274-1820.

This story originally appeared in the April 13, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter