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Hospital Testing for Drug-Resistant Infections Dramatically Lowers Mortality Rates and Costs
Date:3/4/2008

New Study Shows Benefits in Patients Diagnosed with Staphylococcal, HIV, Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases

WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Testing hospitalized patients for drug-resistant infections can reduce mortality, decrease length of stay and reduce cost of care, according to a new report released today by AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association. The report describes how diagnostic testing can identify drug resistance, allowing physicians to adjust medications or take other steps to more effectively treat patients with staphylococcal (staph) and other infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis.

"These findings show such large benefits in cost savings and health outcomes that antimicrobial susceptibility tests should be performed on all patients with these diagnoses," said report author Frank Lichtenberg, Ph.D., Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business, Columbia University Graduate School of Business. "Widespread testing for drug-resistant infections is a small investment that yields high returns for patients, for hospitals and for the health care system overall."

The potential impact of testing for drug-resistant infections is significant as the number of U.S. hospital discharges that include a diagnosis of infection with a drug-resistant microorganism has increased more than 100-fold from 1993-2005 -- from 3,000 to 394,000.

"Dr. Lichtenberg's report provides further evidence of the incredible benefits to patients and the value provided to the health care system from diagnostic testing," said Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of AdvaMed. "These technologies are the foundation of the personalized medicine revolution that match the best treatment option with each individual patient. State-of-the-art diagnostic testing will help dramatically lower health care costs by eliminating unnecessary or ineffective treatments, but more importantly providing patients with the right treatme
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