To improve patient outcomes, promote optimal antimicrobial use and reduce healthcare resources related to the prophylaxis and treatment of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Vanderbilt Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (VASP) provides oversight of antimicrobial therapy for patients within the institution.
VASP employs a multifaceted, systematic approach to the use of antimicrobials, including prospective monitoring of antimicrobials and providing feedback and recommendations to clinicians regarding antimicrobial use. The program collaborates with the Division of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Prevention, Clinical Microbiology and the Department of Pharmaceutical Services.
VASP trains Infectious Diseases Fellows to be leaders in the field of Antimicrobial Stewardship, offering a unique curriculum to augment their clinical and research experience.