Impact of Positive Feedback on Antimicrobial Stewardship in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Project.
Pediatr Qual Saf. 2019 Sep-Oct;4(5):e206
Authors: Jones AS, Isaac RE, Price KL, Plunkett AC
We hypothesized that antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) could be enhanced through positive feedback for the behaviors of healthcare professionals. This project aimed to reduce antimicrobial consumption in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) by >5%, with secondary aims to reduce broad-spectrum antimicrobial consumption, and processes related to AMS. Learning from Excellence is a positive feedback initiative conceptualized at our institution.
Methods: This project took place over 12 months (April 2017-March 2018) in a 31-bedded PICU. We identified and measured processes about AMS daily. Healthcare professionals, achieving success in these processes, received positive feedback via Learning from Excellence, during a 6 months intervention period. Selected reports were followed with appreciative inquiry interviews to reinforce positive feedback. We calculated antimicrobial consumption data from existing databases (antimicrobial doses dispensed divided by PICU bed-days). Health Care-Associated Infection (HCAI) rates were included as a balancing measure.
Results: Antimicrobial consumption was 6.5% lower during the intervention period compared with the matching period from the previous year. We reduced broad-spectrum antimicrobial (meropenem) consumption by 17.6%. Improvements in processes were mixed: a daily review of antimicrobials and documentation of antimicrobial prescription and administration significantly improved. Other processes failed to improve. HCAI rates did not change.
Conclusions: Positive feedback can be used as a QI intervention to improve processes around AMS. This intervention may contribute to a reduction in antimicrobial consumption. Not all processes are impacted equally, and there may be a "dose-response" effect. Further evaluation would benefit from a trial study design in other settings.
PMID: 31745509 [PubMed]