In response to the global concern regarding antibiotic resistance, the Downstate Illinois Partnership Against Antibiotic Resistance (DIPAAR) was created. It is sponsored by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine with partners across central and southern Illinois. DIPAAR partners represent the majority of the 102 counties in Illinois.
Antimicrobial drug resistance occurs everywhere in the world and is not limited to industrialized nations. Health care professionals in all settings struggle daily to combat drug-resistant organisms and infections. This website was created to inform the global community of DIPAAR’s existence and activities. It will also serve as a gateway to reliable and credible information for health care professionals and patients.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week for 2015 is November 16 to 22. Visit the offical website at http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/week/index.html for more information.
For a full list of Get Smart Week Activites and Events, click here.
A Webinar, titled Getting Smart about Antibiotics: Policy and Behavior Change Drivers for Stewardship, will be held Tuesday, November 17. For more details, click here.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week for 2014 was a success. With the help of our team, partners, community and local media we were able to help raise awareness about Antibiotics and Antibiotic resistance. Thank you to everyone who helped. Here are links to some of the media coverage from the week.
CDC Director Tom Frieden discusses the seriousness of the threat and shares the four things we have to do to protect antibiotics.
As the DIPAAR team gathers and examines data, it will release periodic reports regarding regional antibiotic resistance. They will be published here. Read the DIPAAR Project Overview for more information about the data being collected for the report. More detailed data can be requested by contacting Wayne Mathews, DIPAAR project director.
DIPAAR Regional Data Reports
DIPAAR's most recent report of resistance concerns specific to downstate Illinois.
Are you a Family Medicine faculty member teaching medical students or a resident in Family medicine?
If so, the team invites you to participate in a short on-line survey about Antibiotic Stewardship at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SIUantibioticstewardship.
The Downstate Illinois Partnership Against Antibiotic Resistance is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health on a new statewide initiative to promote appropriate use of antibiotics in outpatient healthcare settings. Antibiotics are often misused in outpatient and other healthcare settings, contributing to reduced effectiveness of these important drugs and making even common infections more difficult to treat.
The Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs Campaign aims to increase healthcare provider and patient knowledge related to antibiotic resistance and appropriate antibiotic use, and provide resources to support clinicians in improving antibiotic prescribing, particularly for upper respiratory infections. To learn more about the campaign, click here. To sign up, facilities should complete a short Facility Interest Form.
Health care providers and other professionals interested in the improvement of antibiotic use in the outpatient setting should not miss the upcoming webinar, "Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Outpatient Setting: Engaging the Patient and Measuring Progress" on June 23 at noon. Click here for more info.
DIPAAR was among the presenters at the Illinois Antimicrobial Summit at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago March 5, 2015. To view our slideshow, and others from the event, click here.
The Issue of Antibiotic Stewardship is About More Than Just Bacterial Resistance
-- The Illinois Department of Public Health joins as a partner.
-- DIPAAR welcomes Scott Bergman, PharmD and Janak Koirala, MD as research partners.