Impact of Results of a Rapid Staphylococcus aureus Diagnostic Test on prescribing of Antibiotics for Patients with Clustered Gram-Positive Cocci in Blood Cultures

Jane Davies, Claire Gordon, Steven Y. C. Tong, Robert W. Baird, Joshua S. Davis

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Abstract

In tropical northern Australia, approximately 20% of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia is caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). We prospectively evaluated the impact on clinician antibiotic prescribing of the results obtained from performing the GeneXpert MRSA/SA test on 151 positive blood cultures with clustered Gram-positive cocci. The GeneXpert result led to earlier appropriate prescription of vancomycin for 54% of patients with MRSA; 25% of patients avoided vancomycin, and 16% of patients had all antibiotics ceased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2056-2058
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

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