The ID section is actively involved in preventing the spread of resistant pathogens. To that end, empiric antimicrobial regimens are selected based on susceptibilities of current hospital flora (see current Antibiogram and GLA Guidelines). Tailoring of antimicrobial regimens as soon as culture results become available is essential in this endeavor and the ID consult service is available for assistance in this matter. Appropriate isolation of individuals with highly resistant organisms is also a part of this approach and is supervised by Infection Control.
GLA now (again) has a dedicated antibiotic approval pager: VA pager 73022
Two ways to access:
1. From VA phone: *11, then 73022, enter in callback number
2. Via internet text message: https://secure.usamobility.net/ (TEXT MESSAGE MUST INCLUDE CALLBACK NUMBER)
All requests for restricted antimicrobial use will be reviewed/approved Monday through Friday 8AM-4:30PM, either by our ID pharmacist Phuong Nguyen or an ID fellow on an antimicrobial stewardship rotation.
§ Antimicrobials at GLA are classified as unrestricted, restricted by guideline or always require approval. As such, many restricted antimicrobials are available without prior approval for use in accordance with GLA ID guidelines to treat specified infections.
§ During nights and weekends, pharmacy can release restricted antimicrobials pending ID approval (obtain via consult pager UCLA 89321). For continued therapy, such approval must be received by 11 AM on the next day. For further assistance, page the on-call ID fellow (UCLA pager 89321).
§ Can still send e-consults for less urgent approvals, particularly after-hours and on weekends.
ID Pharmacy Contact:
Phuong Nguyen, PharmD
Pager Number: 73022