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Effect of Telephoned Notification of Positive Clostridium difficile Test Results on the Time to the Ordering of Antimicrobial Therapy

Brandon P. Verdoorn BS, Robert Orenstein DO, John W. Wilson MD, Lynn L. Estes PharmD, Randy F. Wendt AS, Cathy D. Schleck BSc, William S. Harmsen MS, Lisa M. Nyre MS and Robin Patel MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 7 (July 2008), pp. 658-660
DOI: 10.1086/589586
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/589586
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Effect of Telephoned Notification of Positive Clostridium difficile Test Results on the Time to the Ordering of Antimicrobial Therapy
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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).

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