Innovative Patient Safety Project at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Earns Performance Excellence Award
West Philadelphia, PA (January 3, 2013) – Mercy Philadelphia Hospital was recently recognized at Mercy Health System’s second annual Performance Excellence Conference for health innovations and initiatives. Mercy’s internal awards program showcases the projects and initiatives that support the organization’s mission to enhance patient satisfaction, improve quality of care, and create efficiencies.
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital was honored for their Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP), a systematic review of antimicrobial therapy to enhance patient safety and improve quality of care by limiting inappropriate use and optimize dosing, route of administration, and duration of therapy. Over time, the program led to the successful and dramatic reduction of antibiotic usage and costs for the hospital, in turn leading to improved patient safety. The effects of the program also accomplished the goals of reducing resistance to antibiotics and providing optimal antimicrobial therapy. In all, Mercy Philadelphia was able to assure proper and safe use of antimicrobial agents and reduce total antimicrobial use by over 50 percent.
“With its innovative ASP program, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is meeting the challenge of antimicrobial prescribing by balancing two conflicting goals: the provision of therapy that is adequate to treat documented or presumed infection and the minimization of antimicrobial use to avoid adverse drug events,” said Clark.
Project Team members included Pharmacist Thomas Turco, BS, PharmD; Infection Prevention and Control Experts Lynn Kleina, PhD, MPH, CIC (Infection Prevention & Control) and James Hunter, RN, MSN, CIC ; and Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Ted Martynowicz, DO.