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AM Bal, M McGill
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Volume 48: Issue 2: 2018



Rapid identification of Candida species facilitates pathogen-directed therapy with either fluconazole or an echinocandin.

Method We applied Sepsityper matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisationtime of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) technology on positive blood culture broths for rapid species identification.

Results Of the 74 patients with candidaemia, 25 had the species identified on the day of the positive blood culture directly from the broth (rapid identification group) while the remaining 49 had the species identified from culture (conventional identification group). Three (13.6%) out of 22 treated patients in the rapid identification group received echinocandin compared to 20/45 (44.4%) in the conventional identification group. The appropriateness of therapy was 90.9% in the rapid identification group and 62.2% in the conventional identification group (p = 0.01). Cost savings were more than £10,000 in the first three days of treatment.

Conclusion Sepsityper-MALDI-TOF-MS is a useful tool in supporting antifungal stewardship programmes.