Project Information

Evaluation of a PCR-based gastrointestinal panel at UF Health Shands Hospital

Project Description: Diarrheal diseases are a major cause of emergency department visits and hospitalization. Conventional methods for identification of gastrointestinal pathogens are time consuming, expensive, and have limited sensitivity. Patients may not receive antibiotics in a timely manner, may undergo unnecessary diagnostic testing, and incur excessive healthcare costs. We compared patients before and after a new test was implemented.

QPI: Stacy, Beal, (



UF Health Big Aims: Increase Value None

MeSH Keywords: Diarrhea, Microbiology, Infectious Disease Medicine