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Published on July 09, 2018
Essentia Health St. Mary’s – Detroit Lakes has received the 2018 Gold Award in the Minnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll through the Minnesota Department of Health. Essentia Health St. Mary’s – Detroit Lakes has demonstrated commitment, implemented evidence-based actions and has advanced stewardship through external collaboration. The Gold Award is the highest level of recognition attainable. In addition to the requirements for bronze and silver level awards, gold level hospitals are recognized for looking beyond their facility to practice antibiotic stewardship in a collaborative way.
In Detroit Lakes, Cole Helbling, Pharmacy Operations Senior Manager says, “A multi-disciplinary group from Essentia Health St. Mary’s – Detroit Lakes has been collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Health and other healthcare providers in the region to improve antimicrobial stewardship.”
Antibiotics are powerful tools for fighting and preventing infections. However, widespread use of antibiotics has resulted in an alarming increase in antibiotic-resistant infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of drugs designed to cure or prevent infections. While antibiotic-resistant infections increase, there are very few new therapeutic options for the treatment of bacterial infections. Treatment of bacterial infections are becoming increasingly limited, expensive and often more toxic. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that antibiotic-resistance bacteria cause 2 million illnesses in people and 23,000 deaths each year.