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Impact of mecA gene testing and intervention by infectious disease clinical pharmacists on time to optimal antimicrobial therapy for Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia at a University Hospital.

Authors
  • Carver, Peggy L
  • Lin, Shu-Wen
  • DePestel, Daryl D
  • Newton, Duane W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2008
Volume
46
Issue
7
Pages
2381–2383
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1128/JCM.00801-08
PMID: 18463221
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, intervention by infectious disease clinical pharmacists on the basis of the results of tests for mecA resulted in a 25.4-h reduction in the time to optimal antimicrobial therapy, from 64.7 +/- 36.8 to 39.3 +/- 15.5 h (P = 0.002), which may result in decreased mortality.

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