Effect of telephoned notification of positive Clostridium difficile test results on the time to the ordering of antimicrobial therapy

Brandon P. Verdoorn, Robert Orenstein, John W. Wilson, Lynn L. Estes, Randy F. Wendt, Cathy D. Schleck, William S. Harmsen, Lisa M. Nyre, Robin Patel

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Abstract

The time between electronic-medical-record reporting of a positive result of a test for Clostridium difficile toxin in stool and the ordering of antimicrobial therapy was compared during consecutive periods when results were not telephoned (n = 274) and when results were telephoned (n = 90) to the clinical service. The mean times to the ordering of antimicrobial therapy were 11.9 and 3.6 hours, respectively (P < .001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)658-660
Number of pages3
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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