The added cost of rapid diagnostic testing and active antimicrobial stewardship: Is it worth it?

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Rapid diagnostic testing reduces the turnaround time for pathogen identification in the clinical microbiology laboratory, but the impact on patient care and hospital costs is a matter of speculation. Patel et al. (J. Clin. Microbiol. 55:60-67, 2017, investigate the impact of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) in conjunction with active antimicrobial stewardship to determine if implementation is indeed worth the added costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-23
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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