Can matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF) enhance antimicrobial stewardship efforts in the acute care setting?

Pranita D. Tamma, Kennard Tan, Veronique R. Nussenblatt, Alison E. Turnbull, Karen C. Carroll, Sara E. Cosgrove

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Abstract

We evaluated 222 hospitalized patients whose clinical isolates were tested using standard methods and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF). MALDI-TOF could have reduced time to appropriate therapy for 28.8% and 44.6% patients based on the treating physician's choices and stewardship team recommendations, respectively. Clinicians should be aware of scenarios in which MALDI-TOF can optimize antibiotic therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)990-995
Number of pages6
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Volume34
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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