Ashley Marx, PharmD

June 25, 2020

Carolina Antimicrobial Stewardship Program leads remdesivir roll-out across UNC Health hospitals

UNC Medical Center was among the first hospitals to receive a batch of the first proven treatment for COVID-19 via the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to daily stewardship to ensure patients receive antimicrobials only when needed, with the right drug, right dose, and right duration, Carolina Antimicrobial Stewardship Program team members are overseeing a painstaking process of making a new treatment available to hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

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Nikolaos Mavrogiorgos, MD

June 25, 2020

UNC Hospitals incorporate tele-antimicrobial stewardship approaches

In March, Carolina Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (CASP) Medical Director, Nikolaos Mavrogiorgos knew everyone would have to adapt to new realities. That’s when he and CASP’s Pharmacy Lead, Lindsay Daniels, put their heads together with the CASP team see how they might adapt interventions to the times, with more physicians and pharmacists doing at least some of their work from home, and those in the hospital with infectious diseases expertise being tapped for the hospitals’ COVID-19 response.

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June 25, 2020

Semi-Private Room Reintroduction

The utilization of semi-private beds (aka Shared Suites) were suspended on Med/Surg & Psych areas as an Infection Prevention measure on April 4. Rehab continued to utilize their shared suits with additional careful patient selection criteria without complication. It is important to maximize our capacity to patients who need our care and who may have delayed seeking care over the last several months. PPE supplies have improved and New Universal Precautions have been put into place and thus the careful and cautious reintroduction of shared suites has been implemented.

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