Pharmacist-Driven Intervention Improves Care of Patients with S aureus Bacteremia
Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) is associated 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.