Antimicrobial Utilization Team
The Antimicrobial Utilization Team (AUT) is a multidisciplinary team consisting of an infectious diseases pharmacist and an infectious diseases physician. The AUT monitors antibiotic use and bacterial resistance patterns, provides education, and assists with cost-effective antibiotic use.
The AUT reviews records of all adult inpatients receiving parenteral antibiotics daily for appropriateness based on Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee-approved guidelines (See Empiric Antimicrobial Use Guidelines). If deviations from these guidelines are detected, a review of the patient's computer record is made and, if clinically warranted, a recommendation is made to the patient's primary physician either verbally or via a written note in the patient’s chart.
The AUT acts as a resource to the medical, pharmacy and nursing staffs regarding appropriate antimicrobial management and usage. The AUT is also integrated with the infectious diseases consulting team.
The Pharmacist member of the team:
Charles James, Pharm. D., FCSHP
Mon - Fri
The Physician member of the team:
Mark Swancutt, M.D.
Mon - Fri