Joint Commission Releases New Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard

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The Joint Commission has announced the release of a new antimicrobial stewardship standard.

Federal intervention to curb inappropriate use of antimicrobials across the continuum of care has been in the forefront of infection prevention for the past few years. In March 2015, the White House released a $1.2 billion, five-year plan in an effort to curtail the use and engage in misuse of antibiotics.

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics has resulted in a nationwide crisis as bacteria continue to develop resistance to the medications developed to fight them off. Just a month ago, a patient in Pennsylvania was identified with a highly resistant gram negative organism that could mean "the end of the road" for antibiotics.

In line with the federal efforts to combat drug resistance, The Joint Commission released the new antimicrobial stewardship standard, known as the Medication Management (MM) standard (MM.09.01.01).

The standard is applicable to acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals and nursing care centers, and will take effect January 1, 2017.

As part of its infection prevention services, Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) assists organizations with developing antimicrobial stewardship programs. For more information on what ICCS can do for your organization, contact us today.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.