Where do out-of-hours calls to a consultant microbiologist come from?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/127629
Title:
Where do out-of-hours calls to a consultant microbiologist come from?
Authors:
Humphreys, H
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Microbiology, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Department of Microbiology, Beaumont Hospital, PO Box 9063, Dublin 9, Ireland. hhumphreys@rcsi.ie
Citation:
Where do out-of-hours calls to a consultant microbiologist come from? 2009, 62 (8):746-8 J. Clin. Pathol.
Journal:
Journal of clinical pathology
Issue Date:
Aug-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/127629
DOI:
10.1136/jcp.2008.059790
PubMed ID:
19364759
Abstract:
There is little in the literature about out-of-hours calls to medical microbiologists. The calls taken by a consultant medical microbiologist over a five-year period in an Irish tertiary referral hospital were reviewed. Excluding calls on weekend mornings and significant evening positive blood cultures, the mean annual number of calls on a one-in-four rota was 89 (range 70-111). Over 90% of calls were received before midnight and 51% were from specialist registrars. Medical specialties, neurosurgery and intensive care were the most common departments seeking advice. Two-thirds of calls related to the management of an individual patient, but advice on infection prevention and control is increasingly requested. Calls out-of-hours are not insignificant but little is known about how these vary between hospitals and what contribution they make to patient care.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
After-Hours Care; Consultants; Hospitals, University; Humans; Ireland; Medicine; Microbiology; Remote Consultation; Specialization; Workload
ISSN:
1472-4146

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHumphreys, Hen
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-07T08:28:22Z-
dc.date.available2011-04-07T08:28:22Z-
dc.date.issued2009-08-
dc.identifier.citationWhere do out-of-hours calls to a consultant microbiologist come from? 2009, 62 (8):746-8 J. Clin. Pathol.en
dc.identifier.issn1472-4146-
dc.identifier.pmid19364759-
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/jcp.2008.059790-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/127629-
dc.description.abstractThere is little in the literature about out-of-hours calls to medical microbiologists. The calls taken by a consultant medical microbiologist over a five-year period in an Irish tertiary referral hospital were reviewed. Excluding calls on weekend mornings and significant evening positive blood cultures, the mean annual number of calls on a one-in-four rota was 89 (range 70-111). Over 90% of calls were received before midnight and 51% were from specialist registrars. Medical specialties, neurosurgery and intensive care were the most common departments seeking advice. Two-thirds of calls related to the management of an individual patient, but advice on infection prevention and control is increasingly requested. Calls out-of-hours are not insignificant but little is known about how these vary between hospitals and what contribution they make to patient care.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAfter-Hours Care-
dc.subject.meshConsultants-
dc.subject.meshHospitals, University-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMedicine-
dc.subject.meshMicrobiology-
dc.subject.meshRemote Consultation-
dc.subject.meshSpecialization-
dc.subject.meshWorkload-
dc.titleWhere do out-of-hours calls to a consultant microbiologist come from?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Clinical Microbiology, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Department of Microbiology, Beaumont Hospital, PO Box 9063, Dublin 9, Ireland. hhumphreys@rcsi.ieen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of clinical pathologyen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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