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SARS-CoV-2 Test Information

Four Core Actions to Fight Infections & Antimicrobial Resistance


Preventing the Spread


Tracking Resistant Bacteria


Improving Antibiotic Prescribing and Stewardship


Developing Advanced Diagnostics & New Antibiotics

Impact of Rapid Diagnostics

Shortened hospital length of stay by 2.5 days3

Decreased lethal bloodstream infections in patients by 36%3

Reduced time to effective therapy by 5 hours3


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2.Birgand G, et al. Rapid detection of glycopeptide-resistant enterococci: impact on decision-making and costs. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2013 Nov 4;2(1):30.

3.Wenzler E, Using rapid diagnostics to fight resistance. Infectious Disease Special Edition. May 30, 2018.
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4.Bauer KA, et al. An Antimicrobial Stewardship Program’s Impact with Rapid olymerase chain reaction methicillin-resistant/ Staphylococcus Blood Culture Test in Patients with Staphylococcus Bacteremia. ClinInfect Dis. 2010; 51(9):1074–1080.

5.Humphreys H, et al. Staphylococcus and surgical site infections: benefits of screening and decolonization before surgery. J Hosp Infect. 2016. Nov;94(3):295-304.

6.Rudd K, et al. Molecular Diagnostics Can Lead To Early Optimization of Antimicrobial Therapy for Staphylococcal Bacteremia: Experience at a Large Tertiary-Care VA Medical Center. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Volume 3, Issue suppl_1, 1 December 2016, 1863. Accessed 12 July 2018.

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