Infectious disease teleconsultative support of deployed healthcare providers

Ana E. Morgan, Charles M. Lappan, Susan L. Fraser, Duane R. Hospenthal, Clinton K. Murray

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Specialty teleconsultation is being provided to deployed healthcare providers in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the use of the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) e-mail service. We reviewed 374 teleconsults received by the infectious disease (ID) service between January 2005 and June 2008. The patients were 65% male, 12% female, 33% the gender was not stated or the consult did not involve an individual, and 41% were U.S. Army. The average response time was under 5 hours. Ninety-one percent of consults originated from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Consults included questions pertaining to therapy (42%), diagnosis (21%), prevention (13%), or mixed categories (24%). Bacterial infections were the most common (32%), followed by parasitic infections (16%). Tuberculosis and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus accounted for 13% and 8% of consults, respectively. Data from this program should be useful in focusing predeployment provider training. It also provides the military ID community situational awareness of problems encountered in theater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1055-1060
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


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