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Study finds massive cost savings in high-tech pathogen-identification method

from Infection Control Today

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 yearlong 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 more

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