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CA GOVERNOR SIGNS ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP BILL
IDAC is happy to announce that SB 1311 has been signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. IDAC worked closely with State Senator Jerry Hill's staff in recrafting the bill from solely adding to the number of reportable resistant infections to addressing the causes of antimicrobial resistance.

This bill requires all general acute care hospitals to adopt and implement an antimicrobial stewardship policy in accordance with guidelines established by the federal government and professional organizations, including a process to evaluate the judicious use of antibiotics.

The bill also requires general acute care hospitals to develop a physician-supervised multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship committee, subcommittee, or workgroup, and to appoint at least one physician or pharmacist to that committee, subcommittee, or workgroup who is knowledgeable about antimicrobial stewardship through prior training or attendance at continuing education programs. The bill further requires general acute care hospitals to report antimicrobial stewardship program activities to each appropriate hospital committee, undertaking clinical quality improvement activities.

Participation in the past series of IDAC Antimicrobial Stewardship Workshops would meet this educational requirement. IDAC is working with SHEA to offer another Antimicrobial Workshop, slated for February, 2015. Further information will be available shortly.

CALIFORNIA ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP
IDAC Founding President Ellie Goldstein, M.D. has co-authored an article in Infectious Disease in Clinical Practice on Antimicrobial Stewardship: The View From California

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ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP SYMPOSIA
IDAC successfully completed its series of three symposia on Essentials of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: A Toolkit for California Hospitals. Over 400 physicians, pharmacists, and nurses attended these seminars, with rave reviews. These CME activities were designed to assist health care facilities in creating and implementing their own Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP) to improve patient care, to meet the legislative requirements of Senate Bill 739 (Speier, 2006), and to maximize their return on investment by instituting such a program within their institution.

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IDAC MEMBERSHIP REACHES 340
IDAC ended 2012 with a record 340 members from throughtout the state of California.

SUMMER SYMPOSIA - GREAT SUCCESS
IDAC hosted two special symposia in August, 2011 -- Finegold Anaerobe Symposium and Essentials of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Both were totally sold out and well-received by attendees.

IDAC HONORS DR. SYDNEY FINEGOLD ON 90th BIRTHDAY WITH ANAEROBE SYMPOSIUM & BANQUET
IDAC joins with the Anaerobe Society of the Americas to host Sydney M. Finegold's 90th Birthday Symposium and Dinner on Friday, August. 12, 2011 at the Marina del Rey Hotel, Marina del Rey, CA. This CME activity provides a state-of-the-art of anaerobic bacteriology review by the leading anaerobic researchers and clinicians. The event consists of an afternoon symposium (4.0 hours of CME), a Wine & Cheese Reception, and a Dinner & Birthday Celebration.

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LYME DISEASE REVIEW REPORT
The Infectious Disease Society of the America has issued the Final Report by the Lyme Disease Review Panel. The report can be accessed at www.idsociety.org/Content.aspx?id=16499

IDSA INFLUENZA GUIDELINES
In 1997, the Infectious Disease Society of the America developed guidelines for Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza. Click Here to access recommendations. The latest information on H1N1 and Seasonal Influenza can be accessed at the IDSA Influenza Resource Page.

SWINE FLU IN CALIFORNIA
The CDC reports that human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in California, initially in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Tests have shown that this is the same strain that has killed and sickened hundreds in Mexico.

Clinicians should consider the possibility of swine influenza virus infections in patients presenting with febrile respiratory illness who:

If swine flu is suspected, clinicians should obtain a respiratory swab for swine influenza testing and place it in a refrigerator (not a freezer). Once collected, the clinician should contact their state or local health department to facilitate transport and timely diagnosis at a state public health laboratory.

For more information, visit the CDC web site:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/

WEST NILE VIRUS
A mosquito captured in Carson, CA has tested positive for West Nile Virus on April 27, 2009. This is the first mosquito found infected with West Nile virus this season in Los Angeles County. Vector Control District officials are gearing up for a busy West Nile season, as last year brought twice the number of cases than the year before and mosquito populations are booming.

In 2008, 445 human cases of West Nile were identified, and 15 people died as a result of complications from the virus in California. Six of those deaths were Los Angeles County residents, and they ranged in age from 66 to 83.

For more information, visit the CDC web site:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/

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