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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 (a1), Robert Orenstein (a2), John W. Wilson (a2), Lynn L. Estes (a2), Randy F. Wendt (a3), Cathy D. Schleck (a4), William S. Harmsen (a4), Lisa M. Nyre (a5) and Robin Patel (a2) (a5)...

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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Division of Clinical Microbiology College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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