Faster test results for blood infection in the news

Amity Roberts, PhD, director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Jefferson

Amity Roberts, PhD using MALDI-TOF spectroscopy

Serious blood infections, or sepsis, can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated quickly. In an effort to improve outcomes for patients, Jefferson implemented MALDI-TOF, a technology to reduce the time it takes a bacterial identification test to produce results.

Amity Roberts, PhD, Director of the Clinical Microbiology Lab recently spoke to WHYY’s Newsworks about this newly launched diagnostic tool.

“MALDI-TOF should improve the turnaround time by at least 24 hours,” said Dr. Roberts. “It makes a huge difference. For the most part, every hour of delayed treatment can increase the chance that the patient won’t survive.”

Previously, tests could take close to 48 hours to produce any results. MALDI-TOF can be lifesaving by speeding treatment to patients with sepsis. Jefferson is the first hospital in the region to implement this technology for patient care.

You can read the full article from WHYY here.

To learn more read the @Jeff blog post on the Hospitals use of this new technology to speed care to patients with sepsis.

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