What is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program?

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What is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program?

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

The goal of the Saskatchewan Health Authority's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is to promote the optimal use of antimicrobials (e.g., antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral medications). Our major role is to support health care professionals in choosing the right drug, dose, duration and route when treating antimicrobial-related illnesses.  

Antimicrobial stewardship is an evidenced-based practice with the primary goal of reducing rates of antimicrobial resistance. Effective application of antimicrobial stewardship practices ultimately results in better patient outcomes, such as decreased length of stay for hospital patients and fewer adverse reactions (including Clostridioides difficile-associated diarrhea, adverse drug reactions, infection with antibiotic-resistant organisms, etc.). Additionally, antimicrobial stewardship practices promote more efficient use of health care resources. 

Another goal of the Program is to promote a collaborative effort among health care professionals to support each other in achieving the best possible patient outcomes with respect to antimicrobial use. We all have unique roles when it comes to using antimicrobials and co-operation from all sectors of health care is essential to the success of antimicrobial stewardship. These sectors include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and even patients and their families. 

Meet the Team

The provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Program team is comprised of members from across Saskatchewan.

Regina Area:

Michelle Degelman, M.Sc. | Clinical Appropriateness Analyst

     Email: Michelle.Degelman@saskhealthauthority.ca | Office: 306-766-3525 | Cell: 306-550-6975

Melissa Kucey, BSP, ACPR | Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist

     Email: Melissa.Kucey@saskhealthauthority.ca | Office: 306-766-3595 | Cell: 306-551-4841

Robert Parker, LPN, GPS Cert. Lean Mgmt. | Program Manager

     Email: Robert.Parker@saskhealthauthority.ca | Office: 306-766-3521 | Cell: 306-541-9778

Shivani Patel, M.Sc., CHIM | Research Analyst

     Email: Shivani.Patel@saskhealthauthority.ca | Office: 306-766-3526

Casey Phillips, BSP, PharmD | Lead Pharmacist

     Email: Casey.Phillips@saskhealthauthority.ca | Office: 306-766-3523 | Cell: 306-529-6856

Jason Vanstone, Ph.D. | Research Scientist 

     Email: Jason.Vanstone@saskhealthauthority.ca | Office: 306-766-3524 | Cell: 306-519-5004

Contact Us

Regina Area:

Phone us at 306-766-3520

Email our team at Antimicrobial.Stewardship@saskhealthauthority.ca

We are located at:

Regina General Hospital
4B32, 1440 14th Ave
Regina, SK, S4P 0W5

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