Medical Center Hospital (MCH)
Medical Center Hospital (MCH) is a 402-bed facility in the Permian Basin of West Texas that serves a variety of surrounding counties on a routine basis.
With the need to quickly share new and revised knowledge about antibiotic usage and management throughout the hospital, consistent and easy-to-access communication with staff became challenging. In the wake of less successful attempts at traditional information sharing techniques—pamphlets, posters, posting documents on the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) intranet page—and with a desire to offer the best patient care, MCH searched for a more effective and modern way to distribute their local guidelines. The hospital already provided staff access to the Johns Hopkins ABX (Antibiotic) Guide— exclusively available through Unbound Medicine—in Unbound’s web and mobile solution uCentral, but local information was still a challenge to easily access.
By partnering with Unbound Medicine and implementing their digital authoring system uPub™, MCH was able to easily upload customized, local antimicrobial guidelines and antibiograms into a branded channel within their uCentral application. With the upload complete, MCH could then integrate local content with the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide connecting staff with the most reliable and up-to-date antimicrobial information for their institution. This integration enables practitioners to use local guidelines and seamlessly reference the most trusted published information available when and where it is needed most—at the point of care. Adding local content to uCentral also makes the process of data dissemination much more efficient for the antimicrobial stewardship program. Additionally, the MCH stewardship team can update this content as often as necessary since their information is now digitized in an easy-to-use tool.
“Since adding integrated hospital-specific infectious disease information to uCentral, MCH has increased the number of users by over 60% likely improving our antimicrobial stewardship resource utilization and patient care,” reports Erica Wilson, PharmD, BCPS Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee Chair. MCH has been able to update the hospital’s information quickly and easily. Feedback from physicians and pharmacists regarding the utilization of this tool includes “ingenious,” “very helpful,” and even “putting MCH into the modern era.
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