Evaluation of the impact of the Accelerate Pheno™ system on time to result for differing antimicrobial stewardship intervention models in patients with gram-negative bloodstream infections

Gerald Elliott, Michael Malczynski, Viktorjia O. Barr, Doaa Aljefri, David Martin, Sarah Sutton, Teresa R. Zembower, Michael Postelnick, Chao Qi*

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Background: Initiating early effective antimicrobial therapy is the most important intervention demonstrated to decrease mortality in patients with gram-negative bacteremia with sepsis. Rapid MIC-based susceptibility results make it possible to optimize antimicrobial use through both escalation and de-escalation. Method: We prospectively evaluated the performance of the Accelerate Pheno™ system (AXDX) for identification and susceptibility testing of gram-negative species and compared the time to result between AXDX and routine standard of care (SOC) using 82 patient samples and 18 challenge organisms with various confirmed resistance mechanisms. The potential impact of AXDX on time to antimicrobial optimization was investigated with various simulated antimicrobial stewardship (ASTEW) intervention models. Results: The overall positive and negative percent agreement of AXDX for identification were 100 and 99.9%, respectively. Compared to VITEK® 2, the overall essential agreement was 96.1% and categorical agreement was 95.4%. No very major or major errors were detected. AXDX reduced the time to identification by an average of 11.8 h and time to susceptibility by an average of 36.7 h. In 27 patients evaluated for potential clinical impact of AXDX on antimicrobial optimization, 18 (67%) patients could potentially have had therapy optimized sooner with an average of 18.1 h reduction in time to optimal therapy. Conclusion: Utilization of AXDX coupled with simulated ASTEW intervention notification substantially shortened the time to potential antimicrobial optimization in this cohort of patients with gram-negative bacteremia. This improvement in time occurred when ASTEW support was limited to an 8-h coverage model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number942
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 7 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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