New technology for detecting multidrug-resistant pathogens in the clinical microbiology laboratory

Lance R. Peterson*, Gary A. Noskin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Northwestern Memorial Hospital instituted in-house molecular typing to rapidly assess microbial clonality and integrated this typing into an infection control program. We compared data on nosocomial infections collected during 24 months before and 60 months after implementing the new program. During the intervention period, infections per 1,000 patient-days fell 13% (p=0.002) and the percentage of hospitalized patients with nosocomial infections decreased 23% (p=0.000006). In our hospital, the percentage of patients with nosocomial infections is 43% below the U.S. rate. Our typing laboratory costs approximately $400,000 per year, a savings of $5.00 for each dollar spent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-311
Number of pages6
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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