Six Features for Success: Stewardship Programs in LTC


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November 29, 2017


The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), in collaboration with Do Bugs Need Drugs? and other national experts, was pleased to offer a second webinar—Six Features for Success—in the series,”Promising Strategy for Stewardship in Long Term Care.”

This webinar featured Sandra Leung, pharmacy lead for antibiotic utilization and stewardship programs (ASPs) in long term care in the Edmonton area for over 20 years, and Mary Carson, former program coordinator for the Do Bugs Need Drugs antimicrobial stewardship program. The speakers shared lessons learned from antimicrobial stewardship pilots at Alberta Health Services and describe the six key features of successful ASPs in long term care settings. Tools and strategies that might be helpful in establishing ASPs and sustaining practice improvements in other jurisdictions were discussed.


Sandra Leung has been involved with antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) in continuing care since the late 1990s. She participated in the development of Alberta Toward Optimized Practice Urinary Tract Infection and Nursing Home Acquired Pneumonia clinical practice guidelines and checklists, and has been involved clinically as a frontline pharmacist, promoting and leading development of the strategies in the implementation of ASPs. She is currently the Pharmacy Manager for Continuing Care in Edmonton for Alberta Health Services, and the co-chair of the Edmonton Zone Continuing Care Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group.

Mary Carson was the Program Coordinator for the Do Bugs Need Drugs antimicrobial stewardship program from 1997 until retirement in 2016. Mary worked closely with Toward Optimized Practice of the Alberta Medical Association in the development of clinical practice guidelines and clinical checklists for nursing home acquired pneumonia and urinary tract infections in long term care. With Sandra Leung she co-chaired the Edmonton Zone Continuing Care Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group and was an active participant in national antimicrobial stewardship working groups since 2005. With over 30 years experience in public health research and education she has a keen interest promoting health-wise behaviours in the community.