St. John Valley

Albert earns antibiotic treatment certification

FORT KENT, Maine — Northern Maine Medical Center’s leadership in antibiotic stewardship gained national recognition last year.

Dr. Erik St. Pierre, NMMC’s Emergency Department medical director and president of the medical staff, has been a guest speaker for the Maine Hospital Association and the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network at the state and national levels. He helped to craft the recommendations in the newest antimicrobial stewardship resource for small and Critical Access Hospitals published by the Center for Disease Control.

According to St. Pierre, NMMC has implemented multiple strategies over the past year to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, improve patient outcomes, reduce microbial resistance, and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

One of the many components in NMMC’s successful stewardship program is education. Jordan Albert, clinical pharmacist at NMMC, recently completed a formal program to support the monitoring of inpatients and the utilization of antibiotic treatment.

Albert, a 2014 graduate of the Husson University School of Pharmacy, completed the requirements set forth by the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists to be certified as an antibiotic steward.

The primary purpose of the certification is to ensure optimal patient outcomes and the most cost-effective treatment. The three-phase certification included online course work, live webinars and the implementation of an innovative and intensive practice-based activity focused on the pharmacist role in the appropriate use of antimicrobials.

To learn more about appropriate antibiotic use, go to cdc.org.

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