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Kettering Health Network Partners With DIATHERIX Laboratories To Improve Quality, Efficiency of Care
Date:3/15/2010

a year at KMC alone. Cost savings will occur with other infectious diseases as well, and these savings will be realized at all Kettering Health Network hospitals and at other hospitals throughout the Dayton region. Thus, savings can easily be projected into the millions.

Additional savings will be realized by freeing up beds and by more efficient use of personnel and supplies. "When the possibility exists that a patient has H1N1 or MRSA, for example, he is immediately isolated until the disease can be ruled in or out. This means the patient cannot share a room with another patient. Therefore, the second bed in a two-person room is not utilized," said Carol Quinter, Ph.D., Laboratory Technical Director and Coordinator of Clinical Studies.

"Every time someone enters the room of an isolated patient, he must gown up and glove up and sometimes use special masks," Dr. Quinter added. "All of this is very time-consuming, expensive, and underutilizes the hospital's bed capacity. Technology which allows us to rule out the need for isolation in a timely manner is invaluable."

Beyond the obvious business benefits, the reduction in morbidity and mortality through TEM-PCR are expected to be significant nationwide. Hospital-associated infections cause an estimated 48,000 deaths a year in America. "Kettering Health Network is
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