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The Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative is a healthcare-associated infection prevention collaborative aimed at the reduction of C. difficile infections (CDI) with a specific focus on improving antimicrobial stewardship. The collaborative is funded by an ELC grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The collaborative is a continuation of a 2-year CDI collaborative that addressed hand hygiene, gowning and gloving and environmental cleaning.

The Health Care Improvement Foundation works with improvement teams from acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals (LTACs) and long-term care facilities across an 8-county region in SE and Central PA.

Improvement teams are provided with the information and support to implement proven antimicrobial stewardship strategies through the following activities:
  • In-person workshops
  • A webinar series featuring national experts and local best practices
  • A series of networking calls in which improvement teams share their lessons learned, solutions to common challenges and resources and tools
  • Access to a shared collaborative webspace
  • Individualized site visits and/or phone calls with a program pharmacist consultant
  • Monthly measurement and benchmarking

Examples of recommended collaborative strategies include:

  • Develop and maintain an antimicrobial stewardship team with a physician champion
  • Formulary restrictions and/or pre-authorization
  • Monthly measurement
  • Ongoing feedback

Organizations that are interested in this collaborative please contact Claudette Fonshell, RN, BSN, HCIF's Clinical Project Manager, at cfonshell@hcifonline.org or 215.575.3747.