ASP Mission

The mission of the ASP (Antimicrobial Stewardship Program) is to optimize the use of antimicrobials for inpatients admitted to UConn John Dempsey Hospital.

The ASP is a multidisciplinary team that is comprised of a complementary group of health care personnel that includes: pharmacists, physicians, a clinical microbiologist, and an infection prevention specialist.

In its current form, the ASP takes a multifaceted approach to optimizing antimicrobial use that will include such activities as:

  • Systematic and continuous evaluation of the UConn John Dempsey Hospital antimicrobial formulary.
  • Development and implementation of formal prior-authorization programs for “restricted” antimicrobials.
  • Development, review, and modification of guideline-based physician-order-entry antimicrobial order sets.
  • Improvement of microbiology reports provided to clinicians.
  • Development of a formal, protocol-based, pharmacist-driven pharmacokinetic dosing program for antibiotics such as:
    • Vancomycin
    • Aminoglycosides
    • Antibiotics requiring dosage adjustments for renal/liver dysfunction
  • Development of “targeted antimicrobial use optimization” programs that encompass daily review of:
    • All new “positive” cultures to ensure active antimicrobial therapy and to streamline antibiotics as appropriate.
    • Patients receiving > 2 antimicrobials for longer than 72 hours.
    • Patients receiving antimicrobial therapy for longer than a total duration of 7 days.
    • Patients receiving intravenous antimicrobial therapy while receiving concomitant oral medications.