Evaluation of an automated rapid urine culture method for urinary tract infection: Comparison with the gold standard conventional culture method
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Conducted in India and published in the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology (Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists)
In this study, 1220 urine samples were analyzed with HB&L Uroquattro in comparison with conventional culture with CLED media plates, in hopes of reducing the costs associated with negative cultures and providing a negative report within 5H.
There are many advantages to the use of Light Laser Scattering system that can have a signiﬁcant impact on rapid conﬁrmation and exclusion of UTI, with a great impact on antimicrobial stewardship especially in tertiary care centers where urine samples provide a maximum load to the microbiology lab.
- High performances: HB&L has a high NPV 96.6% and Sensitivity 92.66%, at 100–999 CFU/ml
- Time reduction: time-saving of 19H for the negative samples with HB&L vs the conventional methods, which can be reported within 5H and total time-saving of 22 H considering also the reduced workload only for positive
- Lower manpower: the time-consuming process of streaking and examining cultures is reduced from the routine workload by focusing only on positive samples
- Save costs: 50% reduction in cost factors including media, culture plates, autoclave expenses, incubator expenses, etc.