What is the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory in the care of diagnostically challenging OPAT patients? Illustrative cases and literature review

Ther Adv Infect Dis. 2023 Oct 12:10:20499361231205092. doi: 10.1177/20499361231205092. eCollection 2023 Jan-Dec.


Optimal care of patients requiring long-term outpatient parenteral or oral antimicrobial therapy by infectious diseases (ID) specialists is facilitated by an accurate microbiologic diagnosis. Close collaboration between ID specialists and the clinical microbiology laboratory for routine or specialized molecular testing can result in more accurate diagnoses, streamlined antimicrobial regimens, and improved patient outcomes.

Keywords: MALDI-ToF MS; clinical microbiology; genetic sequencing; outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy.

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  • Review