What is the Colorado Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative (CASC)?
Antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed medications in neonates. Medical science is just now beginning to understand the full consequences of their use and over-use. While they have been life saving for many infants, we are increasingly recognizing the dangers of resistant organisms and the risks of interrupting the development of a healthy infant micro-biome. Multiple stakeholders, including the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC) are calling for all institutions to look at their antibiotic use and stewardship. The CPCQC thanks the Vermont Oxford Network for supplying the iNICQ 2016 project and providing discounts to both VON and non-VON Colorado hospitals for participation.
The State of California documented a 40 fold variation in antibiotic usage in its NICUs (Shulman, 2015). Historically, antibiotics were only given to infants in the NICU; infants now frequently receive antibiotics in special care and newborn nurseries. To improve outcomes for all Colorado infants the CDC, CPCQC and VON are encouraging all levels of nurseries to participate in Colorado’s Statewide Choosing Antibiotics Wisely campaign.
The CPCQC is excited to partner with Vermont Oxford Network (VON) and enrolled Colorado VON and non-VON hospitals on this important project to improve care for the infants we serve. It is our hope that the resources of VON and the CPCQC will help you achieve your goals and improve the outcomes for babies in Colorado.
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