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

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The report indicates that patients tested for antimicrobial susceptibility had significantly lower mortality rates, lengths of stay, and overall treatment costs than patients who were not tested.

Key findings include:

-- Among patients with a secondary staph infection diagnosis, those tested for antimicrobial susceptibility had 52 percent lower probability of death before discharge, 17 percent lower mean length of stay (-1.8 days), and 22 percent lower cost than those who did not. Antimicrobial testing in this group was associated with $6,978 lower cost per discharge. The potential aggregate cost reduction from antimicrobial susceptibility testing of all patients hospitalized with this diagnosis in 2005 was $8.3 billion.

-- Among patients with any infectious and parasitic disease diagnosis, those tested for antimicrobial susceptibility had 30 percent lower probability of death before discharge, 26 percent lower mean length of stay (-1.8 days), and 36 percent lower cost than those who did not. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing in this group is associated with $7,524 lower cost per discharge.

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