Microbiology “Real Time Results” – “Real Time Patient Management”

Time: 14:00 - 14:30

Date: 25 April 2018

Theatre: Dodder B


The advancement of technology and the automation of Microbiology and Virology in recent years have transformed the way in which Microbiology Laboratories operate and the way in which the service is delivered.  The technological advances in the spheres of Molecular and MALDI-TOF platforms for microbial identification have facilitated faster Turn-Around-Times (TAT). This improvement in TAT has impacted positively on the management of patient flow, patient pathways and quality of care particularly in the acute hospital setting.

As continued pressure is placed on Emergency Departments with increasing numbers of presentations, meeting national KPIs for patient TAT and outbreak management; responsive and real time TAT from Microbiology is critical to patient management. This talk outlines how the use of emerging technology in the Mater has had a positive effect on patient flow and management, in particular for Flu and CRE and how working with a Multidisciplinary approach is so effective. Demonstrating how critical Pathology is in all aspects of the patient’s journey.


  • Pauline McGrath Chief Operating Officer - Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

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