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The Power of the Molecular Microbiology Lab

Consolidation of microbiology lab testing services saves costs and improves testing efficiencies

 

With nearly 70% of clinical decisions now being made on the basis of laboratory diagnostic testing, the power of today’s molecular lab has never been stronger.1 To further strengthen this position, microbiology labs can look to consolidation as a means to streamline processes, improve productivity and reduce costs to keep pace with changing healthcare economics.

The consolidation of microbiology lab testing services is a cost-saving strategy that eliminates duplication and improves testing efficiencies.2 Research suggests that the consolidation of lab services can produce significant cost savings without compromising efficiency or quality of service.3

At Roche, efficiency, patient care, and lab staff satisfaction drive the future. 

The growing incidence of HAIs demonstrates the need for reliable surveillance 

 

Hospital costs directly related to management of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are on the rise and the subject of intense focus for managing quality of care and institutional efficiency. 

In high-income countries alone, the cost of HAIs is estimated to be nearly €7 billion annually.4 On top of these financial costs, HAIs can result in:4

  • Prolonged hospital stays
  • Increased resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobials
  • Emotional burden for patients and their families
  • Increased number of deaths 

Microbiology labs are the first lines of defense for detection of HAIs, unexpected pandemics, and outbreaks. By implementing a reliable surveillance program that rapidly and accurately detects colonized patients, clinical microbiology and infection control can help reduce the worldwide burden and spread of these costly infections.

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References

 

  1. Howerton D, Anderson N, Bosse D, Granade S, Westbrook G. Good laboratory practices for waived testing sites: survey findings from testing sites holding a certificate of waiver under the clinical laboratory improvement amendments of 1988 and recommendations for promoting quality testing. MMWR. 2005;54(RR13):1-25.
  2. Kudler NR, Pantanowitz L. Overview of laboratory data tools available in a single electronic medical record. J Pathol Inform. 2010;1:3. doi:10.4103/2153-3539.63824.
  3. Shah H. Consolidation of the microbiology laboratory services: a mini-review of finances and quality of care. LabMedicine. 2013;44:86-89. doi:10.1309/LM9FESITVA22BDOM.
  4. World Health Organization. Report on the burden of endemic health care-associated infection worldwide. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/80135/1/9789241501507_eng.pdf?ua=1. Published 2011. Accessed April 15, 2014.
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