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Published on June 03, 2020

Cone Health Named STAR in Antibiotic Use

The health network earns the top state award for improving the use of antibiotics.

 

Greensboro – Cone Health has been awarded the Champion Level in the state of North Carolina antimicrobial stewardship recognition program. The program, from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is called STAR for Stewardship of Antimicrobial Resources. Cone Health is the only health network in this area to achieve Champion Level.

Antibiotic stewardship is an effort by medical professionals to avoid overusing various medications that target germs in the body. If they are used needlessly or are not properly matched, the microbes that aren’t killed only grow stronger. This can lead to super germs. These are bacteria that can’t be killed by most antibiotics. Using medicine properly prevents this from happening. 

“This represents a major step in keeping us all healthy,” says Jeremy Frens, PharmD, antimicrobial stewardship coordinator, Cone Health. “Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem locally and across the nation, and developing new medications takes time. These efforts hopefully mean that when you come in with an illness, the drugs we give you will still work.”

To achieve the Champion Level STAR designation, Cone Health formed a stewardship team, set policies and guidelines to support appropriate antibiotic use, put systems in place to monitor antibiotic use and resistance, and regularly provides information to hospital staff on improving antibiotic use.