Torbay Hospital has implemented point-of-care testing for MRSA to decrease turnaround times and increase bed occupancy
At Torbay Hospital in Torquay, the microbiology and orthopaedic departments collaborated to implement point-of-care testing (POCT) for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to decrease turnaround times and increase bed occupancy, enhancing both the patient experience and efficiency, with significant cost benefits for the Trust.
Infection control is critical in all aspects of healthcare, and fast methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing at the point of patient care plays a key role, enabling hospitals to admit screened patients to the correct ward without delay.
This not only ensures that they receive the most appropriate treatment promptly, but also helps to avoid breaches of the four-hour accident and emergency (A&E) department target, improving the patient flow through the hospital
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