‘Handshake Stewardship’ Program Backbone of TJC's Best Practices in Antimicrobial StewardshipOct 4, 2019
Two recent publications, one from TJC and the other from the CDC highlight Certificate Training Program graduates Drs. Sarah Parker, Jason Child and Christine MacBrayne’s innovative ‘handshake stewardship’ program. Developed during of their time in the Certificate Training Program, the program does not rely on traditional stewardship policies such as preauthorization of antimicrobials. Rather, handshake ‘stewards’ review all prescribed antimicrobials and round in person to get feedback from the clinical teams.
Writing in the Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety Dr. David Baker, the Executive Vice President of TJC noted that handshake stewardship is one of the two most significant developments in stewardship and that TJC will consider this the gold standard for programs nationally.