A study depicting the clinical and economic impact associated with implementing the Verigene® Gram-Positive Blood Culture Test (BC-GP) in combination with antimicrobial stewardship was recently presented by Maggie Box, Pharm.D, of Scripps Health at the 2014 IDWeek meeting. This multi-center, pre-post quasi-experimental analysis was conducted to determine the impact that implementing BC-GP with antimicrobial stewardship had on time to optimal therapy, difference in antimicrobial therapy for blood culture contaminants, hospital length-of-stay, and pharmacy and overall hospital costs. [Read More…]
A recently published manuscript in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Microbiology illustrates the exceptional accuracy of the Verigene® Gram-Negative Blood Culture Test (BC-GN). This multi-center study was conducted at 13 different healthcare institutions across the United States and evaluated over 1,800 gram-negative blood cultures across seven different types of aerobic culture media. Performance of BC-GN was compared to standard bacterial culture and biochemical identification with nucleic acid sequence confirmation of resistance determinants. [Read More…]
While coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) are not often identified to the species level in clinical isolates, a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology highlights the clinical importance associated with the species identification of certain CoNS, particularly Staphylococcus lugdunensis. [Read More…]
This Monday marked the start of the World Health Organization’s inaugural World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a campaign that aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, policy-makers, and the agriculture sector to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. The theme of this year’s campaign, “Antibiotics: Handle with Care,” reflects the idea that antibiotics are a precious resource that must be utilized sparingly and appropriately. [Read More…]
In a study presented at IDWeek 2015 in San Diego, CA, Sara Cain, PharmD, and colleagues from University of South Carolina School of Medicine demonstrated that inappropriate empiric antibiotic treatment is associated with increased hospital length of stay (LOS) for patients with gram-negative bloodstream infections (BSI). [Read More…]
Connecting your instrument to the LIS has never been easier
Clinical labs tell us that one of their biggest concerns is the inefficiency created by software and information systems that don’t talk to each other. It often takes a laboratory’s IT department anywhere from three to six months to integrate an instrument to their laboratory information system (LIS). Lab directors waste thousands of steps every day checking test results within the lab. Why can’t details of a run including the run curves be available on the computer in their office? Why do labs have to associate samples to consumables while standing at the instrument? Why can’t this association be done at the time samples are added to consumables?