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Today, an urgently needed tool was introduced to help US hospitals implement strategies to promote the appropriate, safe use of antibiotics.

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Today, an urgently needed tool was introduced to help US hospitals implement strategies to promote the appropriate, safe use of antibiotics. The National Quality Forum (NQF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alongside a team of more than 25 experts, including Premier Inc., convened to create the Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook.

Examples of strategies in the Playbook include team-wide, systematic approaches to: assessing when patients need antibiotics and when treatment should be adjusted; educating staff, family, and patients about appropriate antibiotic use; and, tracking and reporting antibiotic prescribing, use, and resistance.

Premier hospital members have been taking steps to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In fact, since the launch of Premier’s nationwide collaborative initiative to improve antibiotic overuse, more hospitals are adopting antibiotic stewardship programs. Premier’s spring Economic Outlook survey suggests 97 percent of health system C-Suite feel that developing/enhancing an antimicrobial stewardship program is a top priority – this is up from 81 percent in the fall.

It has been estimated that up to half of antibiotic use in hospitals is unnecessary and inappropriate. In fact, Premier/CDC research found that 78% of hospitals were overprescribing redundant combinations of intravenous (IV) antibiotics for two or more days. In addition, antibiotic overuse and misuse have spurred the spread of Clostridium difficile infections that can cause life-threatening colitis. In a recent study on the impact of C.difficile, Premier found that the majority of cases analyzed were associated with concomitant antibiotic use.

Premier with its members are committed to reducing HAIs, including those acquired due to antibiotic resistance. To join NQF’s webinar at 1:30 p.m. ET today to launch the Playbook, click here.

Premier, Inc. continues growth trajectory with acquisition of Hospira’s TheraDoc

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Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire TheraDoc, a market leading provider of clinical surveillance software, for $117 million in cash, subject to potential purchase price adjustments regarding TheraDoc’s actual working capital, cash and indebtedness at closing. The transaction is expected to close in Premier’s fiscal 2015 first quarter ending September 30, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.

TheraDoc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hospira (NYSE: HSP). Premier’s board of directors unanimously approved the transaction, and applicable antitrust approvals have already been obtained. Based on the trailing twelve months operating earnings provided by TheraDoc, the $117 million represents a purchase price multiple in the 10-11 times range.

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Article in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology concludes TheraDoc alerting combined with antimicrobial stewardship intervention has multiple postive effects

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The article illustrates how TheraDoc’s active alerting was used in combination with antimicrobial stewardship interventions on patients with gram-negative bacteremia. The study discussed in this article was a quasi-experimental retrospective cohort study conducted at three hospitals within Detroit Medical Center, with a combined 1,100 beds. Data resulting from active alerting of a positive blood culture coupled with stewardship intervention was compiled during 2010–2011 and compared to data from patients who received no formalized stewardship intervention during 2009.

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