Letter to the Editor
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A recent analysis demonstrated that infectious diseases (ID) specialty intervention was associated with decreased mortality and hospital readmission. These benefits were greatest if involvement occurred within two days of hospital admission. Antimicrobial stewardship programs should augment the services of an ID specialist team and promote formal consultation. Implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship program at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center was associated with an increased number of consults (increase of 72.2%) and decreased time to consult (3.5 days sooner), which might also dramatically improve patient outcomes, including mortality and readmission rates.
Haley J Morrill, Melissa M Gaitanis and Kerry L LaPlante. (2014). "Antimicrobial stewardship program prompts increased and earlier infectious diseases consultation." Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, 3(1), 12.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2047-2994-3-12
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