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Table 2 Delay between ICU admission and notification of test results: standard culture versus qMRSA

From: Evaluation of rapid screening and pre-emptive contact isolation for detecting and controlling methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in critical care: an interventional cohort study

  Standard culture (phase I) Rapid qMRSA test (phase II) P
n 322 510 -
Time from admission to screening (hours) 13.4 (4.8–21.6) 6.3 (0.6–10.3) <0.001
Time from screening to arrival in the lab (hours) 3.2 (1.3–12.1) 3.6 (1.1–10.9) 0.82
Time from receipt in the lab to result notification (hours) 71.8 (47.9–94.6) 7.2 (6.3–22.2) <0.001
Total time (hours) 93.1 (73.2–118.9) 22.2 (16.7–27.6) <0.001
  1. Note that weekends and public holidays were not included. Values are expressed as median (interquartile range). ICU, intensive care unit; qMRSA, quick methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening.