Jackson Health System ASP

Jackson Health System Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Jackson Health System (JHS) established a multidisciplinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) in 2003 through the JHS Pharmacy Department.

The ASP was instituted to optimize patient outcomes and maximize resources by promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials. Goals of the JHS ASP match national guidelines to encourage optimal selection, dose, duration, and route of administration for antimicrobials while minimizing undesirable consequences such as toxicity or emergence of resistance.

Major interventions include education, formulary management, prior approval process, IV to PO conversion, and extended infusion of target β-lactams.

Global effort of ASPs is essential as we vigorously work together to combat resistance. The JHS ASP seeks to improve the selection of the right drug for the right infection for the right duration when a patient really needs it, preserving the appropriate use of antibiotics and improving patient outcomes.