LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - University Medical Center is one of more than 20 medical institutions in the United States to receive an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence designation.
The designation is from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and means the hospital is aligned with national, evidence-based stewardship guidelines in order to provide antimicrobial care, according to a UMC news release. It is estimated that more than 700,000 people die each year because of antimicrobial resistance infections, which is why taking steps to improve care is necessary.
UMC's way of solving antimicrobial problems is by delivering individualized, narrow therapy for patients long-term health.
"It says to patients that we are using our electronic medical record to the best of our ability," Tanis Welch, Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases pharmacist, said in the release. "We are using the advancements made in our microbiology lab to the best of our ability to get results faster and to modify therapy as fast as possible. And we have all the core members of the team working diligently to provide the very best antimicrobial care to our patients."
The full list of hospitals that received this designation can be found here.