TABLE 3.

Cost and timeliness estimates of MALDI-TOF MS (Bruker) followed by conventional identification

Test (na)Cost (US$) Turnaround time (h)
Avg per isolateTotalAvgTotal
High-confidence MALDI-TOF MS (636)0.503180.0853
Ambiguous MALDI-TOF MS (84)b 10.50882242,016
Total (720)1,2003
  • a n, no. of isolates.

  • b Cost and time of conventional identification added to isolates with ambiguous MALDI-TOF MS results are given.