from the College of Medicine recently received a $1.9 million grant from the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to improve delivery and
administration of antibiotics to infected patients. Courtney Hebert, an
assistant professor of biomedical informatics, is leading a multidisciplinary
team of experts in infectious diseases, pharmacy, and microbiology and
biomedical informatics to design methodologies replicable at hospitals across
the country, including the Wexner Medical Center and NorthShore University
HealthSystem in Chicago.
“The goal of this project is to help physicians choose the best antibiotic to give to hospitalized patients with infections as soon as possible,” Hebert said.
“It’s important to start an appropriate antibiotic early, before culture results are available. Choosing between antibiotics can be a complicated decision, so we’re developing a method that will help physicians select antibiotics that have the best chance of working for each individual patient,” she said.
Hebert believes this tool will not only be helpful for assigning antibiotics quickly, but it could also reduce antibiotic resistance in hospitals. She said further research projects regarding multi-drug-resistant organisms are possible, based on the success of this design.