Division of Infectious Diseases

Pharmacist-Driven Intervention Improves Care of Patients with Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia

Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.  Previous studies have shown Infectious Diseases (ID) consultation for patients with SAB optimizes care and reduces mortality.  A recent study highlights outcomes of a pharmacist-driven intervention to encourage adherence to SAB quality-of-care measures and ID consultation in an Ohio medical center.  The study investigators found that these interventions significantly increased compliance to SAB quality-of-care measures from 69% to 92% and ID consultation from 76% to 95%.  Although not statistically significant, all-cause mortality reduced by 6-fold, from 15.6% to 2.6%, after implementation of these interventions.  For additional details, please read Wenzler E, et al. Clin Infect Dis 2017;65(2):194-200.

Content courtesy of Philip Chung, PharmD, MS, BCPS

 

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