Couple celebrates 51st anniversary while fighting COVID-19
Madeline and Chet Kempa recently celebrated 51 years of marriage while battling COVID-19 at Beaumont, Troy. Their story was featured on ABC World News Tonight.
CDC tips for enjoying a safe Thanksgiving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend not traveling or visiting other households for Thanksgiving celebrations. If that cannot be avoided, they advise you to take the following precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and the flu:
- Get your flu shot
- Limit the number of guests (In Michigan, the maximum is 10 guests from two households)
- Wear a properly fitted mask with two or more layers
- Stay at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when you’re unable to wash
- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils
- Stay outdoors when possible, or open windows and turn on fans to keep fresh air circulating indoors
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use
Get more tips on safely celebrating the holidays that you can share with friends and family on social media on Beaumont.org: Avoiding high-risk holiday activities.
Antibiotics aren’t always the answer: How Beaumont is combating antibiotic resistance during COVID-19
Over prescribing antibiotics for infections commonly caused by viruses has led to resistance to the life-saving medications.
COVID-19 is a new disease. Initially, clinicians found it difficult to differentiate between coronavirus and bacterial community-acquired pneumonia. COVID-19 patients often develop a hyperinflammatory phase, which can be difficult to distinguish from a secondary bacterial infection. In Michigan, using antibiotics before knowing what was causing the illness ranged from 27% to 84% across hospitals. The variation in prescribing might be attributed to the infrastructure of stewardship programs across the hospitals.
“Clinicians are probably initiating antibiotics out of concern for bacterial co-infections in patients with COVID-19,” said Lama Hsaiky, PharmD. “It is a new disease, and we are learning new things and concepts every day. Data so far has not shown an unusual association between COVID-19 and bacterial co-infections at the time of admission to the hospital.”
Antibiotics may be useful when a patient’s blood pressure is unstable and has an elevated white blood cell count. Clinicians concerned for health care associated infections during prolonged hospital stays may also prescribe antibiotics.
The Beaumont COVID-19 Treatment Taskforce consists of infectious diseases/immunology/hematology and critical care physicians as well as infectious diseases and critical care pharmacists from across the system. The taskforce discourages the routine use of antibiotics when patients present with pneumonia and are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.
Beaumont Health’s Antimicrobial Stewardship team plays a significant role in reducing unnecessary antibiotic use and educating providers about the potential harm of prescribing or treating with antibiotics that won’t help the patient. In 2020, the stewardship team had a significant role managing the COVID pandemic treatment choices. Interventions focused on leading the COVID-19 treatment taskforce, supporting providers in the continuous, evolving treatment approach, managing medication shortages, enrolling patients in emergency use and investigational medication programs, participating in multidisciplinary rounds and ensuring the optimal use of antimicrobials to minimize the risk of super infections and resistance among COVID-19 patients.
“One of our main focuses is to increase reach,” said Dr. Paul Chittick, who, with Lama Hsaiky, PharmD, are corporate program leads for Antimicrobial Stewardship.
The physicians and pharmacists in the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs at Beaumont evaluate antibiotic use on a day-by-day basis to see what’s appropriate and what’s not. They then offer recommendations and education to prescribers to provide the best, most effective therapy for their patients.