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College of Nursing Hosts Conference on the Effectiveness of Antibiotics

Images of microscope, pills, and a syringe with blood

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 26, 2018) – One of the biggest challenges healthcare providers face today is how to reduce microbial resistance. Infections caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi and viruses are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic therapies. Multidrug resistant organisms have the potential to be transmitted from one person to another resulting in costly infections that are difficult to treat. In the United States, at least 2 million people each year acquire serious infections with bacteria that are resistant to at least one or more of the antibiotics designed to treat those infections.

To combat this challenge, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, in collaboration with Kentucky Department of Public Health, HAI Prevention Program and Atom Alliance are hosting a conference December 7-8, 2018 in UK HealthCare's Karpf Auditorium aimed at healthcare providers to address best practices in prescribing antibiotics, as well as provide information and guidelines for implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship programs within healthcare settings.

Featured speakers include 

  • Katherine E. Flemino-­Dutra MD,  deputy director of the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Rita Olans,  assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Kevin B. Spicer MD, Antibiotic Resistance Coordinator, HAI/AR Program, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Shaina Doven, Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases, Baptist Health Louisville 
  • Karen Higdon, Vice President Safety, Quality and Patient Experience, Baptist Health 
  • Ardis Hoven MD, lnternal Medicine and lnfectious Disease Specialist Board of Trustees for American Medical Association 
  • Donna Burgess, Clinical Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialist, University of Kentucky
  • Ellen Wright, Vice President of Nursing, Appalachian Regional Healthcare 
  • Dereck Forster MD, assistant professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease, University of Kentucky 

Continuing education credit is available. Click here to register online.