Strengthening Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Safe, Smart Care

SASS logoThe Strengthening Antimicrobial Stewardship for Skilled Nursing Facilities Program is an initiative of the Fairfax County Health Department. This program seeks to support skilled nursing facilities in the Fairfax Health District with the goals of:

  • Strengthening infrastructure, capabilities, and effectiveness of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs.
  • Improving use of diagnostic testing and antimicrobial treatment for one or more infections commonly found in residents.
  • Strengthening antimicrobial stewardship team structure and effectiveness
  • Taking action to reduce unnecessary antibiotics through:
    • Strengthening assessment
    • Reducing use of culture when not necessary
    • Implementing antibiotic time out.
  • Educating nursing staff.
  • Educating and providing materials for residents and family members.
  • Monitoring and implementing quality improvement.

Strengthening Antimicrobial Stewardship in Skilled Nursing Facilities Program

CDC Core Elements for Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes

  • Leadership commitment: Demonstrate support and commitment to safe and appropriate antibiotic use in your facility
  • Accountability: Identify physician, nursing and pharmacy leads responsible for promoting and overseeing antibiotic stewardship activities in your facility
  • Drug expertise: Establish access to consultant pharmacists or other individuals with experience or training in antibiotic stewardship for your facility
  • Action: Implement at least one policy or practice to improve antibiotic use
  • Tracking: Monitor at least one process measure of antibiotic use and at least one outcome from antibiotic use in your facility
  • Reporting: Provide regular feedback on antibiotic use and resistance to prescribing clinicians, nursing staff and other relevant staff
  • Education: Provide resources to clinicians, nursing staff, residents and families about antibiotic resistance and opportunities for improving antibiotic use

Learn more about the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes

Contact Us

Fairfax County Health Department Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Communicable Disease Section

Main Number: 703-246-2433
Emergency Phone: 703-409-8449

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