Association between a rapid diagnostic test to detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus pneumonia and decreased vancomycin use in a medical intensive care unit over a 30-month period

Chiagozie I. Pickens, Chao Qi, Michael Postelnick, Joseph Paonessa, Helen K. Donnelly, Richard G. Wunderink*

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Abstract

Vancomycin overuse is common, yet few data are available regarding how to improve stewardship of this antibiotic. We identify an association between use of a PCR assay to rule out MRSA pneumonia and a significant, sustained decrease in average vancomycin days of therapy over a 30-month period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1385-1387
Number of pages3
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume42
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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