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Potential antibiotic savings with rapid molecular test for pneumonia

Dr Stephen Poole, a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow within the Biomedical Research Centre at University Hospital Southampton, presented this research at the Global-NAMRIP Festival of Early Career Research on 25 June 2019. The poster can be downloaded via the 'Useful Downloads' link below.

S Poole Poster

New molecular tests for pneumonia much more rapidly detect microorganisms causing disease than conventional diagnostics.

The team retrospectively tested sputum from two patients hospitalised with pneumonia, and interrogated their medical records, to see whether these new molecular tests could facilitate better antimicrobial stewardship.

They concluded that rapid molecular tests do have the potential to improve antibiotic usage in pneumonia, an area of huge antibiotic consumption globally.

The authors of this research are S. Poole, K.R. Beard, C. Chan, S.Mills and T.W. Clark from Southampton Biomedical Research Centre.

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