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Isolation of patients with vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE): efficacy of an electronic alert system.

Title :
Isolation of patients with vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE): efficacy of an electronic alert system.
Authors :
Borbolla D; Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. />Taliercio V
Schachner B
Gomez Saldano AM
Salazar E
Luna D
Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quiros F
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Source :
Studies in health technology and informatics [Stud Health Technol Inform] 2012; Vol. 180, pp. 698-702.
Publication Type :
Journal Article
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Imprint Name(s) :
Original Publication: Amsterdam ; Washington, DC : IOS Press, 1991-
MeSH Terms :
Electronic Health Records*
Health Records, Personal*
Medical Order Entry Systems*
Patient Isolation*
Vancomycin Resistance*
Cross Infection/*prevention & control
Clinical Alarms ; Humans ; Information Storage and Retrieval/methods ; User-Computer Interface
Entry Date(s) :
Date Created: 20120810 Date Completed: 20130122 Latest Revision: 20140731
Update Code :
Academic Journal
Unlabelled: This study investigates the implementation of an alert system for the isolation of vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) colonized patients. Given the risk of admitting a patient colonized by VRE it is necessary to implement efficient isolation measures. An electronic alert system integrated into a health information system (HIS) could help with the detection of these patients and their isolation in proper units.
Objectives: Determine the efficacy of an electronic alert system in improving the rate of properly isolation of patients colonized with VRE.
Methods: two consecutive series of admission in adults units of 67 patients that were infected or colonized with VRE were compared. The time period of the study was six months before the implementation of the alert system and six months post-implementation of the system.
Results: The proportion of admission with proper isolation of the patient in correct units increased 44% after the alert system implementation.
Conclusion: The implementation of an alert system improved the proportion of properly isolated patients with VRE.

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