Effect of telephoned notification of positive Clostridium difficile test results on the time to the ordering of antimicrobial therapy.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008 Jul;29(7):658-60
Authors: Verdoorn BP, Orenstein R, Wilson JW, Estes LL, Wendt RF, Schleck CD, Harmsen WS, Nyre LM, Patel R
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).
PMID: 18518668 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]