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Linking Syndromic testing and AMS

In this video, Professor Manaf Alqahtani discusses AMS and the value of syndromic testing in AMS programmes.

Professor Manaf Alqahtani elaborates on AMS in this video, discussing the value syndromic testing — and diagnostic stewardship using syndromic testing — adds to existing AMS programs.

As Professor Alqahtani explains in the video, rapid molecular identification methods — such as syndromic testing — shorten the time taken to identify offending microorganisms. This can result in targeted antimicrobial therapy being given sooner for the appropriate duration, and can subsequently aid antimicrobial stewardship by encouraging efficient use of antimicrobials.

Patient pathway with traditional vs rapid molecular identification and testing methods: using traditional methods means that the patient would be on empiric, broad-spectrum antimicrobials from Day 0 of the sample being taken into Day 3, before standard identification and susceptibility methods would allow target antimicrobial therapy to be given; using rapid molecular techniques results in the patient being able to receive targeted antimicrobial therapy from around Day 2 Organism Identification and Initiation of Targeted Antimicrobial Therapy: Traditional versus Rapid Molecular diagnostics for bloodstream infection – click here for a closer look

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