A not-for profit organization, Lifespan is Rhode Island’s first healthcare system committed to providing patient-centered care. Lifespan health system has five hospitals in Rhode Island including Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Bradley Hospital, and Newport Hospital. Lifespan Hospitals utilize Epic for their electronic medical record system.
Rhode Island Hospital is an acute care hospital and the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. At 719 beds, Rhode Island Hospital is the state’s largest and only Level 1 trauma and accredited burned centers. Rhode Island Hospital provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services including but limited to oncology, cardiology, diabetes, emergency medicine, neurosciences, and orthopedics.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at Rhode Island Hospital was implemented in 2014 and encompasses a multi-disciplinary approach. The antimicrobial stewardship subcommittee was subsequently developed with representation from the Division of Infectious Disease, Pharmacy, Infection Prevention and Microbiology from ASPs across Lifespan hospital affiliates, including Rhode Island Hospital. Prospective audit and feedback (including blood culture review) and restricted antibiotics are core strategies for the ASP. In addition, the ASP has a collaborative relationship with microbiology and is instrumental in implementing rapid diagnostic initiatives.