Impact of rapid, culture-independent diagnosis of candidaemia and invasive candidiasis in a community health system.

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Impact of rapid, culture-independent diagnosis of candidaemia and invasive candidiasis in a community health system.

J Antimicrob Chemother. 2018 Mar 01;73(suppl_4):iv27-iv30

Authors: Patch ME, Weisz E, Cubillos A, Estrada SJ, Pfaller MA

Abstract
Background: Delay in treatment of candidaemia and invasive candidiasis remains a cause of significant morbidity and mortality in high-risk patients. Widespread empirical utilization of antifungal therapy often occurs in an effort to minimize this risk.
Objectives: This study assessed the impact of the T2Candida Panel in a multi-hospital community health system on time to initiation of antifungal therapy in candidaemic patients as well as the utilization of micafungin.
Methods: Outcomes were compared between those patients with candidaemia prior to T2Candida implementation and those after implementation. Micafungin utilization for patients with suspected candidaemia/invasive candidiasis was compared with that for patients with a negative T2Candida Panel post-implementation.
Results: There was a significant decrease in time to appropriate therapy in the post-T2Candida group (34 versus 6 h, P = 0.0147). Empirical antifungal therapy was avoided in 58.4% of T2Candida-negative patients.
Conclusions: These results support the implementation of T2Candida to improve time to appropriate therapy for candidaemic patients while simultaneously expanding antimicrobial stewardship efforts to appropriately utilize antifungals.

PMID: 29608750 [PubMed - in process]

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