Becomes First Hospital Outside USA Designated IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, an integral part of Mubadala Health, has become the first hospital outside the United States to be named an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

The designation serves as international recognition that Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s antimicrobial stewardship program meets or exceeds the highest standards in optimizing antimicrobial use and combating antimicrobial resistance – declared one of the top ten global public health threats facing humanity by the World Health Organization. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is now among the 131 programs from the United States, and the only one outside the United States, that have received the designation since its launch in 2017.

“This designation is the culmination of years of work across our organization to put antimicrobial stewardship at the forefront of patient care. If you look at healthcare globally, we see that antimicrobial resistance has gone from something people talk about in more abstract terms to something they battle every day. We see our role as protecting the quality, safety and effectiveness of our care for future generations,” says Rania El-Lababidi, Co-Director of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s antimicrobial stewardship program.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when common diseases start to become resistant to the medications used to fight them. The overuse of antimicrobial medications accelerates this process and has been linked to the development of ‘superbugs’ that cause infections which cannot be treated with existing antimicrobial medicines such as antibiotics. The hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program develops, implements and tracks strategies to reduce the overall use of antimicrobials while continuing to provide the best possible medical outcomes for patients.

At the heart of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s antimicrobial stewardship program is a collaboration between the hospital’s pharmacy and infectious disease physicians who provide a layer of oversight on patient care. A pharmacist specialized in infectious diseases works with an infectious disease consultant to review patient records who have been prescribed antimicrobial medications and identify opportunities to further optimize their care.

In addition to optimizing efforts to curb and control antibiotic use, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s antimicrobial stewardship program is committed to supporting wider efforts to combat the rise of drug-resistant diseases. It has taken on an advisory role with numerous other providers across the UAE and in Saudi Arabia to support the development of their antimicrobial stewardship programs. The hospital also works closely with Abu Dhabi and UAE antimicrobial resistance committees on local and national guidelines.

“Antimicrobial resistance is an issue that affects us all. If we are to have a lasting impact, it is vital that we extend our efforts beyond the walls of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. We work with partners across the country and even abroad on planning and implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs. Sharing our knowledge is a responsibility we take very seriously as global problems require us all to work collaboratively to tackle them,” continues El-Lababidi.

Beyond advice, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi operates an antimicrobial stewardship training program though its ‘ASP Academy.’ The two-week program provides healthcare professionals from across the UAE with the knowledge, tools and experience they need to establish similar programs in their home facilities. Since its launch, 24 pharmacists have completed the course.

About Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi:

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, an integral part of Mubadala Health, is a multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unparalleled extension of US-based Cleveland Clinic’s model of care, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye, Respiratory, Critical Care, Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, Quality & Patient Safety, and Clinical & Nursing. In all, more than 40 medical and surgical specialties are represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards. The hospital is a 394 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American/European Board Certified (or equivalent) physicians. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – Al Ain began offering select medical services in December 2017. The facility is located on the Tawam Hospital Campus in Al Ain.

About Mubadala Health:

Mubadala Health is the integrated healthcare network of Mubadala Investment Company. Established in 2021, Mubadala Health operates, manages, and develops a portfolio of healthcare assets including: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC), Amana Healthcare, National Reference Laboratory (NRL), Capital Health Screening Centre (CHSC), Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre (ADTC), Danat Al Emarat, HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, HealthPlus Family Clinics, HealthPlus Fertility, HealthPlus Women’s Health Center, Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, and a stake in Al Meswak Dental Clinics Group. With a vision to transform the regional healthcare landscape, Mubadala Health sets a new benchmark for the UAE and regional healthcare industry through its state-of-the-art facilities and world-class caregivers who strive to put patients first across its continuum of care. Innovation, research, and education are the foundational pillars of Mubadala Health, supporting the further development of a sustainable healthcare sector in line with the vision of Abu Dhabi and the region.