Infectious Disease News, October 2017
Increasing the use of evidence-based care processes — such as appropriate antibiotic therapy, echocardiography and infectious disease consultation — in routine health care settings may improve survival for patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia is common and frequently associated with poor outcomes,” Michihiko Goto, MD, MSCI, a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine and hospital epidemiologist at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “Evidence indicates that specific care processes are associated with improved outcomes for patients with S. aureus bacteremia, including appropriate antibiotic prescribing, use of echocardiography to identify endocarditis, and consultation with infectious diseases specialists. Whether use of these care processes has increased in routine care for S. aureus bacteremia or whether use of these processes has led to large-scale improvements in survival is unknown.”