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Revolutionizing clinical microbiology laboratory organization in hospitals with in situ point-of-care.

Cohen-Bacrie S, Ninove L, Nougairède A, Charrel R, Richet H, Minodier P, Badiaga S, Noël G, La Scola B, de Lamballerie X, Drancourt M, Raoult D - PLoS ONE (2011)

Bottom Line: Twenty-three molecular and immuno-detection tests, which were technically undemanding, were progressively implemented, with results obtained in less than four hours.Altogether, patients who received POC tests were immediately discharged nearly thrice as often as patients who underwent a conventional diagnostic procedure.The on-site POC-lab met physicians' needs and influenced the management of 8% of the patients that presented to emergency wards.

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Affiliation: Fédération de Microbiologie Clinique, Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Marseille-Pôle des Maladies Infectieuses, Hôpital la Timone, Marseille, France.

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Background: Clinical microbiology may direct decisions regarding hospitalization, isolation and anti-infective therapy, but it is not effective at the time of early care. Point-of-care (POC) tests have been developed for this purpose.

Methods and findings: One pilot POC-lab was located close to the core laboratory and emergency ward to test the proof of concept. A second POC-lab was located inside the emergency ward of a distant hospital without a microbiology laboratory. Twenty-three molecular and immuno-detection tests, which were technically undemanding, were progressively implemented, with results obtained in less than four hours. From 2008 to 2010, 51,179 tests yielded 6,244 diagnoses. The second POC-lab detected contagious pathogens in 982 patients who benefited from targeted isolation measures, including those undertaken during the influenza outbreak. POC tests prevented unnecessary treatment of patients with non-streptococcal tonsillitis (n = 1,844) and pregnant women negative for Streptococcus agalactiae carriage (n = 763). The cerebrospinal fluid culture remained sterile in 50% of the 49 patients with bacterial meningitis, therefore antibiotic treatment was guided by the molecular tests performed in the POC-labs. With regard to enterovirus meningitis, the mean length-of-stay of infected patients over 15 years old significantly decreased from 2008 to 2010 compared with 2005 when the POC was not in place (1.43±1.09 versus 2.91±2.31 days; p = 0.0009). Altogether, patients who received POC tests were immediately discharged nearly thrice as often as patients who underwent a conventional diagnostic procedure.

Conclusions: The on-site POC-lab met physicians' needs and influenced the management of 8% of the patients that presented to emergency wards. This strategy might represent a major evolution of decision-making regarding the management of infectious diseases and patient care.

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Layout of the POC-lab and equipment.
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pone-0022403-g001: Layout of the POC-lab and equipment.

Mentions: POC-labs were designed as autonomous structures running with minimal dedicated material and reagents, and they were contained in a single room. The sizes of the rooms were 18.8 m2 in la Timone and 18 m2 in Hôpital Nord (figure 1).


Revolutionizing clinical microbiology laboratory organization in hospitals with in situ point-of-care.

Cohen-Bacrie S, Ninove L, Nougairède A, Charrel R, Richet H, Minodier P, Badiaga S, Noël G, La Scola B, de Lamballerie X, Drancourt M, Raoult D - PLoS ONE (2011)

Layout of the POC-lab and equipment.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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pone-0022403-g001: Layout of the POC-lab and equipment.
Mentions: POC-labs were designed as autonomous structures running with minimal dedicated material and reagents, and they were contained in a single room. The sizes of the rooms were 18.8 m2 in la Timone and 18 m2 in Hôpital Nord (figure 1).

Bottom Line: Twenty-three molecular and immuno-detection tests, which were technically undemanding, were progressively implemented, with results obtained in less than four hours.Altogether, patients who received POC tests were immediately discharged nearly thrice as often as patients who underwent a conventional diagnostic procedure.The on-site POC-lab met physicians' needs and influenced the management of 8% of the patients that presented to emergency wards.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Fédération de Microbiologie Clinique, Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Marseille-Pôle des Maladies Infectieuses, Hôpital la Timone, Marseille, France.

ABSTRACT

Background: Clinical microbiology may direct decisions regarding hospitalization, isolation and anti-infective therapy, but it is not effective at the time of early care. Point-of-care (POC) tests have been developed for this purpose.

Methods and findings: One pilot POC-lab was located close to the core laboratory and emergency ward to test the proof of concept. A second POC-lab was located inside the emergency ward of a distant hospital without a microbiology laboratory. Twenty-three molecular and immuno-detection tests, which were technically undemanding, were progressively implemented, with results obtained in less than four hours. From 2008 to 2010, 51,179 tests yielded 6,244 diagnoses. The second POC-lab detected contagious pathogens in 982 patients who benefited from targeted isolation measures, including those undertaken during the influenza outbreak. POC tests prevented unnecessary treatment of patients with non-streptococcal tonsillitis (n = 1,844) and pregnant women negative for Streptococcus agalactiae carriage (n = 763). The cerebrospinal fluid culture remained sterile in 50% of the 49 patients with bacterial meningitis, therefore antibiotic treatment was guided by the molecular tests performed in the POC-labs. With regard to enterovirus meningitis, the mean length-of-stay of infected patients over 15 years old significantly decreased from 2008 to 2010 compared with 2005 when the POC was not in place (1.43±1.09 versus 2.91±2.31 days; p = 0.0009). Altogether, patients who received POC tests were immediately discharged nearly thrice as often as patients who underwent a conventional diagnostic procedure.

Conclusions: The on-site POC-lab met physicians' needs and influenced the management of 8% of the patients that presented to emergency wards. This strategy might represent a major evolution of decision-making regarding the management of infectious diseases and patient care.

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Related in: MedlinePlus