775. Development of a Collaborative Practice Agreement Template to Promote the Role of the Pharmacist in Managing Urinary Tract Infections in Long Term Care Residents
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Stewardship: Program Implementation
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Room: Poster Hall CD
  • IDSA Poster FINAL.pdf (147.6 kB)
  • Background: One of the CDC core elements of antimicrobial stewardship in nursing homes emphasizes the promotion of clinical practice change and integration of the dispensing and consultant pharmacist to improve antibiotic use. An opportunity to support this element is via collaborative practice agreements (CPA). A CPA is a voluntary agreement between one or more prescribers and pharmacists which delegates physician authority under defined conditions and/or limitations toward a common goal. The Wisconsin Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) in Long Term Care (LTC) Coalition aims to reduce and eliminate HAIs among LTC residents. A coalition emphasis has been to educate caregivers about appropriate evaluation and treatment of suspected urinary tract infection (UTI). Given this focus, we targeted the same cohort for CPA design.

    Methods:A literature review resulted in no report of CPAs being applied to LTC residents on antibiotics for UTI. Recognizing the dispensing and consultant pharmacist role varies by organization, we drafted a multi-layered CPA that can be customized by facility. The draft was reviewed by physicians, pharmacists, and nurses with expertise in infectious diseases, LTC, and CPAs. Through frequent meetings and collaborative editing, consensus was achieved. The final CPA includes antibiotic renal dose adjustment, discontinuation of antibiotics in asymptomatic patients with negative urinalysis or culture, and oral antibiotic modification based on organism susceptibility.

    Results:The CPA template is supported by the WI HAI in LTC Coalition. It has been presented at the state level and is available for use by LTC facilities and pharmacists that may apply any/all level(s) of the CPA. An organization policy template and initial CPA competency for pharmacists have been designed to support implementation. Committed pilot sites have been identified.

    Conclusion: A CPA is an innovative approach to expand the role of the dispensing and consultant pharmacist in antimicrobial stewardship initiatives in the LTC setting. Using an expert panel to develop templated resources that can be customized at the facility level may assist pharmacists and LTC providers in moving forward with this type of clinical practice change.

    Lynne Fehrenbacher, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Concordia University School of Pharmacy, Mequon, WI, Kimberly McDevitt, B.S., Concordia University School of Pharmacy, Mequon, WI, Matthew Palmer, Pharm.D., BCGP, Alixa RX, Madison, WI, Laura Traynor, Pharm.D., BCPS, Pharmacy Practice, Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, Mequon, WI, Joe Boero, MD, Park Manor Nursing Home, Ltd., Park Falls, WI and Christopher Crnich, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI


    L. Fehrenbacher, None

    K. McDevitt, None

    M. Palmer, None

    L. Traynor, None

    J. Boero, None

    C. Crnich, None

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