Improving antimicrobial use among children; Prevention of healthcare-associated infections
Pranita Tamma, M.D., M.H.S., instructor of pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is an infectious disease consultant and collaborates with both the hospital epidemiologist and the director of antimicrobial stewardship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research interests are improving antimicrobial use among children and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Dr. Tamma is leading the hospital''s ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention efforts. She is also heading pediatric antimicrobial stewardship efforts at Johns Hopkins Hospital which consists of actively educating prescribers about optimizing selection, route, dose, interval, and frequency of antibiotics, developing guidelines to guide appropriate and judicious use of antibiotics, and monitoring patient outcomes after implementation of these practices.