Objective. - To evaluate a laboratory-based process for integrating antimicrobial susceptibility, pharmacy, and clinical data with rapid physician notification to improve the care and outcome of patients with bacterial infections. Design. - Randomized case control study comparing standard microbiology reporting method with a targeted notification procedure. Results. - Of 254 cases studied, a discordance between antimicrobial susceptibility test results and antibiotic therapy was detected in 140 (55%) patients and confirmed after clinical review in 49 (19%). Appropriate changes in antibiotic therapy were made significantly sooner and in a significantly higher proportion of cases with targeted notification than with standard reporting procedures. Conclusions. - Utilization of antimicrobial susceptibility results is improved by integrating clinical and therapeutic information to identify cases that require physician notification, as measured by the timeliness and appropriateness of antibiotic treatment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Technology