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Clinicians at Moffitt Cancer Center make a difference for patients by optimizing antibiotic therapy earlier

Mar 06, 2020

Mary Meyer, a transplant patient at Moffitt Cancer Center recently experienced first-hand how beneficial same-day antimicrobial susceptibility results can be.

Ms. Meyer was treated in the Moffitt Urgent Care center for an unknown infection. Doctors there tested her blood using the Accelerate Pheno system, a new diagnostic system that can identify bacteria and provide antimicrobial susceptibility results in about 7 hours, directly from positive blood cultures. Before this new system, it would take the microbiology lab at least two days to identify and give precise recommendations to treat infections, according to the lab team.

With this information available more than a day earlier, clinicians were then able to prescribe the safest and narrowest spectrum antibiotic for Ms. Meyer’s infection, and was able to discharge her 24 hours later.

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This story was originally reported by Sara Bondell of Moffitt.