PC152

Shipped 10 August 2015

HISTORY

The following scenario was presented:

An emergency room patient was discharged prior to his/her blood culture samples becoming positive with S. aureus. How would you proceed (with this patient’s report)?

Please select the one option that best describes your lab’s protocol.

A. telephone/contact family physician

B. send report to ER only

C. contact the patient

D. telephone, contact ER physician

E. not applicable to this laboratory

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from PC152

  1. A procedure to allow reporting of critical results must be established to enable these results to be communicated to a physician who can provide follow up with the patient.
  2. Prompt reporting of these results is important to allow assessment and if required, therapeutic intervention.

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