In this large retrospective cohort of 341 patients with staph aureus bacteremia, only 1/3 of them had an ID specialist consulted. Overall, 16% of the patients died within 4 weeks, and having an ID consult was associated with a 56% reduction in the risk of dying. Routine use of ID consults should be considered in patients with staph aureas bacteremia (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.