Dr. Michael Pulia partners with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to improve antibiotic stewardship across WI

Michael Pulia MD MS, Director of Emergency Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship for UW Health, has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Director of Antibiotic Stewardship, Dr. Barry Fox, to improve antibiotic prescribing in urgent care clinics and emergency departments throughout the state.

On this opportunity, Dr. Pulia commented, “Given the anticipated acceleration of bacterial resistance due to increased antibiotic use during the pandemic, it is more important than ever to work towards improving antibiotic stewardship in acute care settings. I look forward to working with Dr. Fox on stewardship initiatives that account for the work systems and clinical concerns of front line providers, especially as they confront the challenge of COVID-19.”

The Emergency Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is part of the comprehensive, multidisciplinary Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at UW Health. This program combines the expertise of infectious disease-trained pharmacists and providers from the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Pharmacy, Department of Pathology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Laboratory Medicine, Medication Use Strategy and Innovation.

The AMS program is one of only a few academic centers in the nation to be recognized by the Infection Diseases Society of America as a Center of Excellence for Antimicrobial Stewardship. It is also nationally recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and The Joint Commission for leadership, education and achievement of the seven core elements of hospital stewardship. Learn more.