IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health care industry experts, infectious diseases thought leaders and epidemiology professionals will convene in St. Louis on March 29-31, 2017 for the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s (SHEA) spring conference. Kristi Kuper, PharmD, BCPS, senior clinical manager, infectious diseases for Vizient, Inc., will present as part SHEA’s antibiotic stewardship course for conference attendees.
Attendees of the 2017 SHEA Spring Conference will have the opportunity to discuss innovative topics and industry trends that are innovative in the healthcare epidemiology and the field of infectious diseases. There will also be focused scientific abstracts presented that will cover topics related to epidemiology, surveillance, implementation science and patient safety and prevention strategies. The conference will include infectious diseases physicians and pharmacists, hospital epidemiologists, infection preventionists, and nurses.
Dr. Kuper will present “Beginning Antibiotic Stewardship Strategies and Measurement” at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 29 and “Optimizing Technology in Antibiotic Stewardship” at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 30.
“Antibiotic stewardship programs are one of the last lines of defense that we have against fighting antibiotic resistance. While the majority of hospitals in the U.S. now have some form of ASP in place, we need to get to the point where every hospital has a program. Additionally, the number of new antibiotics coming to market is outpaced by the amount of antibiotic resistance that we are seeing so it is important to preserve these resources,” said Kuper. “This training program is designed to educate pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals involved in treatment of infectious diseases on best practices for their antibiotic stewardship programs and to prepare them to implement successful programs locally.”
About Vizient, Inc.
Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2017, Vizient again received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit www.vizientinc.com as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.