On Wednesday, DCHA’s ID/IC Committee heard a presentation from Dr. Jesse Goodman from Georgetown University on the Region Organized Against Resistance (ROAR) Coalition, which is supported by the Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship at Georgetown University Medical Center. The goal of ROAR is to develop a new model for collaborating on efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance through regional testing and scaling-up efforts proving successful. ROAR membership is multidisciplinary and members include interested physicians, pharmacists, administrators, infection preventionists, and microbiologists. To date, membership includes the four DC-area medical schools and several hospitals.
Currently, ROAR is planning to create a regional antibiogram, to understand and improve stewardship and antibiotic use tracking practice, develop a CRE/MDRO prevention project including tracking admissions/transfers and ensuring isolation of patients with MDRO. It is also developing, with the Department of Health, a collaborative assessment of current long term care infection control and antimicrobial resistance practices.