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Table 1 Time until species identification before and after implementation of MALDI-TOF MS from shortly incubated cultures

From: Implementation of short incubation MALDI-TOF MS identification from positive blood cultures in routine diagnostics and effects on empiric antimicrobial therapy

Bacterial pathogen Beforea (in minutes; median (mean; range)) Aftera (in minutes; median (mean; range)) P
All bacteria 909 (776; 2–1439) 188 (342; 0–1439) <0.001
Gram-negative 811 (942; 9–1438) 151 (277; 36–1433) <0.001
Gram-positive 849 (742; 2–1439) 231 (400; 0–1439) <0.001
  1. atime between microscopy and availability of species identification result before and after implementation of MALDI-TOF MS from shortly incubated cultures in laboratory routine