Teena Chopra, M.D., M.P.H. ‘11, professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, was invited to present during ID Week 2021, the join annual conference of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medical Association, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.
Dr. Chopra, the corporate medical director of Infection Prevention, Epidemiology and Antibiotic Stewardship for WSU and the Detroit Medical Center, spoke on a panel with Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., associate director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the conference, which took place virtually Sept. 29 through Oct. 3.
She discussed the role of antibiotic stewardship during pandemics, using the tagline “Antibiotics don’t work for Covid, antibiotic stewardship does” during the presentation “Code Blue: Resuscitating Antimicrobial Stewardship and Healthcare Epidemiology Post-COVID.”
“Given the rise of antibiotic resistance, we have to be good stewards of antibiotics both within and outside the hospitals,” Dr. Chopra said.
More than 750 attendees nationwide heard the presentation.