Researchers at UNC Health Care have found that using a new method for identifying bacteria and fungi in patient specimens led to a 92 percent cost reduction in the reagents needed to run clinical microbiology tests.
During the year-long study, the new technology – called MALDI-TOF MS – was also found to take much less time. In most cases, lab technologists identified a pathogen in about an hour; test results from conventional molecular methods take at least a day and often longer.
“This is a big deal,” Gilligan said. “Doctors would see patients with chronic infections and no one knew what caused them. Now we know and we can treat patients much more effectively than before.”
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