The Pharmacist's Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy and Stewardship
When a patient comes in with a suspected infectious disease, knowledge is power. Now this knowledge is simplified, comprehensive and easy to find. The Pharmacist's Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy and Stewardship puts all the necessary information in one place, including: * Evaluating potentially infected patients* Identifying the infection's suspected source and related organisms* Comparing the range of anti-infectives* Knowing the factors that impact treatment* Developing an antimicrobial stewardship programA step-wise approach walks logically from overall key concepts to disease- and drug-specific information. Disease states are summarized for easy reference. Tables make it easy to evaluate recommended treatment options. In infectious disease management, when answers are seldom black and white, this guide helps pharmacists make confident decisions.
- Paperback | 175 pages
- 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 340.19g
- 12 May 2016
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
- Bethesda, United States
About Carrie Sincak
Sarah M. Wieczorkiewicz, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), is a Clinical Infectious Diseases Pharmacist and Residency Program Director for the Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Dr. Wieczorkiewicz received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy followed by PGY1 Pharmacy Residency training at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, OR and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Wieczorkiewicz is passionate about antimicrobial stewardship and has demonstrated this through her leadership and service in various local initiatives and professional pharmacy organizations. She has given various national presentations and authored peer-reviewed manuscripts in the area of infectious diseases. Her current research interests include antibiogram utilization and limitations, point-of-care diagnostics, health-system-based antimicrobial stewardship initiatives, and innovation in pharmacy education. Carrie Sincak, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP is Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, and Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Dr. Sincak graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000 and completed her pharmacy practice residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 2001. She has been on faculty with Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy since 2001, where she served as a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine at the North Chicago VA Medical Center and then later at Loyola University Medical Center. From 2008 until 2015, she served as Vice Chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and in March 2015, she became Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Sincak has published casebook chapters, book chapters, and review articles in peer-reviewed publications. She has served as an appointed member of the ASHP Commission on Affiliate Relations, and as an elected ASHP Illinois Delegate. She has served as President and member of numerous other committees for the Illinois Council of Health System Pharmacists. Dr. Sincak is actively involved in the didactic and experiential training of pharmacy students and residents, and has won numerous teaching awards.
The Pharmacist's Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy and StewardshipBy: Sarah M. Wieczorkiewicz and Carrie A. SincakThe Pharmaceutical Journal13 JUN 2016Reviewer: Laurence A. Goldberg The authors of this book define antimicrobial stewardship as the optimisation of safe, judicious and appropriate use of antimicrobials in enhancing clinical outcomes while minimising unintended consequences and reducing overall healthcare costs. This guide sets out to provide a simplified, comprehensive and quick reference on the most commonly encountered infectious diseases and treatment regimens to assist pharmacists to evaluate and manage patients with suspected or confirmed infections. The content is divided into five parts: describing the evaluation of patients with suspected infections; possible sources of infection and likely causative organisms; treatment programmes; patient or disease specific factors that affect decision making; and stewardship interventions, including patient reassessment or monitoring. The part of the book devoted to sources of infection and likely causative organisms is in a tabulated format that includes: diagnostic criteria, clinical presentation, symptoms, most commonly offending pathogens, treatment and monitoring recommendations and duration of therapy. Clinical pearls are found throughout this section. Pharmacists have a responsibility to take a prominent role in antimicrobial stewardship programmes and participate in infection prevention and control initiatives in healthcare settings. To support this, the stewardship section of the book covers the development of an antimicrobial stewardship team and how to maintain a programme. It begins with the rationale for antimicrobial stewardship and then goes on to describe the unintended consequences of antimicrobial misuse or overuse, the purpose and goals of antimicrobial stewardship, key stakeholders and their roles, descriptions of specific interventions, information on how to monitor and report data and a general approach to the delivery of educational programmes. A minor irritation is the long-winded titles introducing each part of the book and the inappropriate use of upper case letters for each word in the title, for example: "What Is the Suspected Source of Infection and What Organisms Are Typically Associated with Infection at This Site?" This book will be of value to practising pharmacists, enhancing their knowledge of infectious disease management and influencing their decision making while offering pharmacy students a step-by-step guide to good practice in this important area of healthcare. --Laurence A. Goldberg"Pharmaceutical Journal" (06/13/2016)