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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.

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