Date Added: 08/02/2017

Date Updated: 08/02/2017

MALDI-TOF for detection of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Specialties: Immunology & allergy - Infectious disease, microbiology & GUM - Other, not otherwise specified

Technology Type: Devices - Diagnostics - Other

Stage of development: Established

Stage of EAA: Revised assessment

Description, patients and keywords:

MALDI-TOF is an established technology for the rapid identification of microorganisms; however, there is currently limited evidence supporting its use for the identification of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria, particularly vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Although not ready for mainstream use in the health system, the use of MALDI-TOF for this indication has the potential to impact positively on health outcomes, and its use is expected to become widespread once commercially available.

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