Sharing Insights and Best Practices
  • Building a Study to Measure the Impact of Firstline on Patient Outcomes
    Building a Study to Measure the Impact of Firstline on Patient Outcomes
    An Interview with Dr. Peter Daley and Gerry McDonald, BSc. Pharm, Eastern Health

    Effective antimicrobial stewardship interventions need to improve patient outcomes to be deemed successful. The ASP team at Eastern Health recently published a study proving the impact of using the Firstline app to dramatically improve patient outcomes at their hospital. Key findings showed a +10.5% increase in prescribing appropriateness, along with a dramatic savings of $550/bed/year, through reductions in antimicrobial use and C. difficile infections. We recently interviewed the ASP leads at Eastern Health to gain their insights on the findings.

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  • Insights into using an ESBL Prediction Score in Firstline
    Insights into using an ESBL Prediction Score in Firstline
    An Interview with Joseph Kohn, PharmD, BCPS, Prisma Health
    Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
    Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

    ESBL prediction scores can help get a patient on the most appropriate therapy sooner, even several days before an ESBL has been identified. We recently interviewed Joseph Kohn, Antibiotic Stewardship and Support Team System Coordinator at Prisma Health to learn more about ESBL and gain insights on using an ESBL prediction score in the Firstline app.

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  • Imagine a world where Knowledge moves faster than disease
    Imagine a world where Knowledge moves faster than disease
    Firstline Team

    The pandemic has shown how easily our knowledge systems and processes can be overwhelmed by the speed and complexity of infectious diseases. To confront this challenge, over the last year we’ve been working to create tools to help foster collaboration in the ID community. We are pleased to announce the beta launch of Firstline Community - a free platform connecting all infectious disease specialists, to share guidelines, learn from each other and spread trusted knowledge. We need each other more than ever.

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  • Creating a culture of Antimicrobial Stewardship
    Creating a culture of Antimicrobial Stewardship
    An Interview with Kyle Massey, PharmD, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Co-Director, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

    Antimicrobial Stewardship programs are charged with the mission to improve patient outcomes. We recently spoke with Kyle Massey, Co-Director of the ASP at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, to learn more about how creating a culture for Antimicrobial Stewardship has resulted in significant reduction in DOTs. He shares his insights on how to motivate and educate providers, as well as how to continue to advance an already successful program.

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  • Firstline: The new name for Spectrum
    Firstline: The new name for Spectrum
    Firstline Team

    Our service is now used by hundreds of hospital clients around the world. A more distinctive identity is needed to distinguish us as we continue to grow, and extend our clinical guidance capabilities. The name Firstline better supports our role as being the go-to source for delivering your hospital's preferred clinical guidance.

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  • Beneficial Outcomes of Antimicrobial Stewardship
    Beneficial Outcomes of Antimicrobial Stewardship
    Dr. Mira Maximos, PharmD, MSc, ACPR

    Antimicrobial Stewardship reduces inappropriate antimicrobial use and focuses on improving patient outcomes while combatting antimicrobial resistance. ID/ASP Pharmacist, Mira Maximos, shares different strategies to help your practice improve outcomes and reduce adverse effects associated with antimicrobials.

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  • What is Antimicrobial Stewardship and why is it so important?
    What is Antimicrobial Stewardship and why is it so important?
    Dr. Mira Maximos, PharmD, MSc, ACPR

    Insights on antimicrobial stewardship goals around the world, beneficial outcomes of stewardship and great resources to help advance your ASP program.

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  • Changing Prescribing Behavior: Using ever evolving guidelines as a conversation with providers
    Changing Prescribing Behavior: Using ever evolving guidelines as a conversation with providers
    An interview with Dr. Nicole Le Saux MD FRCP(C) Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

    Antimicrobial Stewardship programs work tirelessly to change prescribing behavior amongst their providers. Sometimes it’s an uphill battle. We spoke with Pediatric ASP team lead, Dr. Nicole Le Saux, to get her insights on how she is able to change prescribing behavior by evolving her guidelines as part of a conversation with her providers.

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  • How Can Collaboration Advance My Antimicrobial Stewardship Program?
    How Can Collaboration Advance My Antimicrobial Stewardship Program?
    Firstline Team

    Introducing our newest tool: Community Content Library. This software helps power your antimicrobial stewardship program and save you time. Community Content allows you to easily browse, copy and adapt guidelines from all the thousands of vetted clinical guidelines housed in Firstline, created by the many hospitals we support.

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  • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Penicillin Allergy De-Labeling
    Antimicrobial Stewardship and Penicillin Allergy De-Labeling
    An interview with Dr. Tiffany Wong MD, FRCPC, and Dr. Chelsea Elwood B.M.ScH, M.Sc, MD, FRCSC, BC Women's & Children's Hospital

    We recently interviewed Dr. Tiffany Wong and Dr. Chelsea Elwood, both of BC Women's and Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada to gain insights on this stewardship challenge and learn more about how they are using Firstline as an intervention tool to address it.

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  • Vaccine Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT): A Brief Evidence Review
    Vaccine Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT): A Brief Evidence Review
    Mira Maximos, PharmD, MSc, ACPR

    VITT type blood clots are a rare adverse event following administration of COVID-19 vaccines that use the adenoviral vector including the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD as well as the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

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  • Building a Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
    Building a Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
    An Interview with Shaqil Peermohamed, MD FRCPC, Saskatchewan Health Authority

    The keys to building a great antimicrobial stewardship program - an interview with Dr. Shaqil Peermohamed.

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  • The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and Thrombosis: What You Should Know
    The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and Thrombosis: What You Should Know
    Dr. Kimberley Gauthier, PhD; Dr. Amir Imani, PharmD; Dr. Krishana Sankar, PhD; Dr. Mira Maximos, PharmD, MSc, ACPR

    Currently, there are no specific risk factors, such as age, gender or previous medical history of clotting disorders, identified for the observed rare events. There is still no proven causal link with the vaccine; however, further analysis is ongoing.

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  • How to Answer the Question “Which COVID-19 Vaccine should I get?”
    How to Answer the Question “Which COVID-19 Vaccine should I get?”
    Dr. Mira Maximos, PharmD, MSc, ACPR; Dr. Krishana Sankar, PhD; Dr. Kimberley Gauthier, PhD; Ms. Corri Levine, MSc; Ms. Sabina Vohra-Miller, MSc

    Amongst the excitement about the public rollout of these vaccines, an important question is being asked by those looking to be vaccinated: “Which vaccine should I get?”

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  • Introducing the Firstline blog
    Introducing the Firstline blog
    Firstline Team

    We are excited to introduce our new blog where we will share up to date evidence, clinical perspectives and best practices in Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship.

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