New Documentation Required for Antimicrobial Therapy

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Beginning Tues., Nov. 8, physicians, physicians assistants and advanced practice nurses that order antimicrobials will be required to list what infection is being treated and how long the treatment will be.  Take a look at this tip sheet below on how to put in the order in COMPASS.

Why the new change?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antimicrobial resistance is responsible for more than 2 million illnesses and more than 20,000 deaths across the nation annually.  As these numbers continue to rise we are running out of options to treat the new superbugs.  The very core of good antimicrobial stewardship is ensuring that we select the most appropriate antimicrobial and duration of therapy to treat an infection to minimize the risk of further development of resistance.

Information Not Documented?

RNs taking verbal or phone orders will need to ask the therapy duration and indication to input the request.

If therapy duration and indication are not documented in the powerplan, even though a provider has signed off, the order will not be initiated. If this happens, RNs will need to contact the providers for the information to finalize the order.


  1. Visit the Antimicrobial management page on the intranet.
  2. Contact the team via email or TigerText:
  • Theresa (Terry) Jaso, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), Primary site: Seton Medical Center Austin
  • Kathryn Merkel, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), BCPPS, Primary site: Dell Children’s Medical Center
  • Dusten Rose, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), AAHIVP, Primary site: University Medical Center Brackenridge