How automatic notification of infectious disease specialists impacted the management of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in a community hospital setting.
J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2018;8(6):321-325
Authors: Roe N, Wang M, Wisniewski SJ, Douce R
Objective: The objective of this study was to review the impact of an automatic email notification to infectious disease consultants. Design: Cases were identified from a community hospital system microbiology database by at least one positive blood culture. Records were reviewed both before (2013 and 2014) and after (2015 and 2016) the implementation of the automated email system (intervention). Prior to this policy, consultation with the infectious disease (ID) specialist was at the discretion of the primary team. Results: There were no significant differences in 30-day mortality between the two groups (18 vs 20%, p = 0.10). However, a trend of shorter hospital stays (12.2 vs 9.5 days, p = 0.03) and reduced 30 day readmissions (40% vs 19%, p = 0.03) was observed and antibiotics prescribed for complicated cases was more appropriate (57% vs 85%, p = 0.004). Conclusions: In this study population, the implementation of an automatic email generator to ID specialists was associated with a shorter hospital length of stay, less 30-day readmissions and more appropriate length of antibiotics prescribed in complicated cases of SAB. The authors recommend future studies replicating the methodology employed here with larger sample sizes before consideration of employing a similar automatic email ID consult generation at other health systems.
PMID: 30559938 [PubMed]