Journal Article

Testing for coccidioidomycosis in emergency departments in Arizona

Mohammed A Khan, Shane Brady and Ken K Komatsu

in Medical Mycology

Published on behalf of International Society for Human and Animal Mycology

Volume 56, issue 7, pages 900-902
Published in print October 2018 | ISSN: 1369-3786
Published online December 2017 | e-ISSN: 1460-2709 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mmy/myx112
Testing for coccidioidomycosis in emergency departments in Arizona

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Abstract

Testing practices for coccidioidomycosis in the emergency department are poorly understood. We described characteristics of patients tested for coccidioidomycosis in emergency departments in Arizona and examined coccidioidomycosis testing among community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) patients. Emergency department visit records for patients tested for coccidioidomycosis and CAP patients were extracted from the Arizona hospital discharge database. In sum, 2.8% of CAP patients were tested for coccidioidomycosis. The proportion of patients tested varied substantially by healthcare facility and provider.

Keywords: coccidioidomycosis; emergency department; Arizona; community-acquired pneumonia

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Medical Toxicology ; Environmental Science ; Mycology and Fungi ; Veterinary Medicine

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