Case Study 1

In a study conducted by Lee Health System clinicians at Lee Memorial Hospital, Fort Myers, Florida, T2Bacteria® Panel research use only (RUO) results were compared to conventional standard of care culture results. This comparison allows an analysis of how the use of the T2Bacteria Panel could have potentially changed clinical practice and outcomes. 

53-year-old immunocompromised, morbidly obese female with recent history of surgery to drain an intra-abdominal abscess

Presentation in the Emergency Room: Patient presented at the emergency department 8 days post-op with fever, chills and abdominal pain. She was started on empiric antibiotics and admitted to the emergency room. Patient continued on empiric IV antibiotic therapy for 5 days, then transitioned to 2 days of oral antibiotics prior to discharge. 

Empiric Therapy Decision: Patient was started on linezolid, aztreonam, and metronidazole. Linezolid was chosen for gram-positive coverage because vancomycin dosing is very difficult for obese patients. Patient had allergies to penicillin and bactrim. Aztreonam was chosen for gram-negative coverage as the piperacillin-tazobactam substitute because of the patient’s allergy. Metronidazole was chosen for anerobic coverage. 

Culture Results: Blood and urine cultures were negative. 

Paired T2Bacteria Result: Positive for E. coli and P. aeruginosa and negative for S. aureus, E. faecium, and K. pneumoniae

Case Study Analysis: The T2Bacteria Panel result could have been a powerful aid in stewardship through the identification of E. coli and P. aeruginosa and the rule out of S. aureus (and therefore rule out of MRSA).   

While the empiric choice was effective and the patient responded well, it was also broader than necessary, as it covered for MRSA, a primary species of concern at this community hospital.

The negative S. aureus result meant that the patient did not have MRSA and therefore linezolid could have been discontinued after the first dose when the T2Bacteria result was available. The 4.5 day reduction in linezolid ($289 per dose and two doses per day) amounts to an estimated savings of $2,600 as these antibiotics were not needed.

The patient’s therapy could have been more targeted by switching to meropenem to cover E. coli and P. aeruginosa, as well as providing the anaerobic coverage needed. The penicillin allergy history precluded the utilization of a more narrow beta-lactam or beta-lactam agent combination.

Case Study 2

The retrospective approach from a study at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine provided an ideal opportunity for detailed case studies, comparing the results using the available standard of care at the time (culture on blood, urine and BAL samples) against more sensitive testing, the T2Bacteria® Panel RUO, five years later. This comparison allows an analysis of how the use of the T2Bacteria Panel could have potentially changed clinical practice and outcomes. 

25-year-old female with cerebral palsy diagnosed with duodenal pneumatosis

Patient was admitted to the hospital for gastrointestinal (GI) issues and started on empiric vancomycin and Zosyn.

Day 8: The patient developed tachypnea and hypoxia and was diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia. Patient’s respiratory culture grew 15,000 CFU/mL Pseudomonas aeruginosa and 1,000 CFU/mL Klebsiella pneumoniae, both pan-sensitive, so she was appropriately treated.  

  • The T2Bacteria Panel RUO result from blood drawn on day 8 was negative
  • Blood culture drawn on day 8 was negative

Day 35: The patient was discharged after prolonged GI complications.

Analysis: The negative T2Bacteria Panel RUO result most likely indicates an appropriately managed infection in the lung that was contained and did not progress, and that did not require a change in antibiotic treatment.  

Case Study 3

The retrospective approach from a study at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine provided an ideal opportunity for detailed case studies, comparing the results using the available standard of care at the time (culture on blood, urine and BAL samples) against more sensitive testing, the T2Bacteria® Panel RUO, five years later. This comparison allows an analysis of how the use of the T2Bacteria Panel could have potentially changed clinical practice and outcomes. 

73-year-old female with lymphoma in hospital on chemotherapy and diagnosed with pneumonia and septic shock

Day 1: The blood culture tested positive for Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The patient was given cefepime and ciprofloxacin. 

  • Subsequent blood cultures were negative, but the patient deteriorated, developed septic shock, and required intubation. 

Day 17: The patient’s bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cultures showed 100 CFU/mL Achromobacter and 100 CFU/mL Pseudomonas aeruginosa, below the threshold for clinically relevant titer level of 10,000 CFU/mL set by the laboratory. The results were not alarming, and the antibiotic regimen was not changed. 

  • T2Bacteria Panel RUO identified Pseudomonas aeruginosa from blood drawn on day 17
  • Blood culture drawn on day 17 was negative

Day 20: The BAL cultures grew significantly to 100,000 CFU/mL Achromobacter and 100,000 CFU/mL Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Day 23: The patient expired under palliative care. 

Analysis: The T2Bacteria Panel RUO’s identification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa 3 days earlier than the BAL cultures and in the absence of positive blood cultures likely indicates the progression of an infection due to both ineffective source control and inappropriate antimicrobial therapy. The T2Bacteria Panel RUO result may have led to faster targeted therapy, such as the addition of an aminoglycoside to better treat this patient’s septic shock, potentially impacting the outcome. 

Case Study 4

In a study conducted by Lee Health System clinicians at Lee Memorial Hospital, Fort Myers, Florida, T2Bacteria® Panel research use only (RUO) results were compared to conventional standard of care culture results. This comparison allows an analysis of how the use of the T2Bacteria Panel could have potentially changed clinical practice and outcomes. 

84-year-old male with diabetes, prostate cancer and end stage renal disease on hemodialysis

Presentation: Patient was experiencing chills during dialysis. Patient had not been feeling well for a week and was complaining of weakness, nausea, and vomiting. Patient was found to have a fever of 101.7 and lactic acid of 3.2, while urinalysis was negative.

Empiric Therapy Decision: Patient was started on vancomycin and piperacillin-tazobactam. Piperacillin-tazobactam was discontinued on day 3 based on the blood culture result. 

Culture Result: Blood culture was positive for S. aureus on day 3. 

Paired T2Bacteria Result: Positive for S. aureus, negative for E. coli, E. faecium, P. aeruginosa, and K. pneumoniae.

Case Study Analysis: T2Bacteria® would have accelerated the clinical care pathway for this patient. With the T2Bacteria results in hours, piperacillin-tazobactam could have been discontinued two days earlier, on day 1. The S. aureus positive confirmed that the infection was being appropriately managed with the vancomycin. 

An early T2Bacteria result could have reduced other health risks through an appropriate discontinuation of unnecessary antibiotic therapy. For example, extended antibiotic treatment is associated with increased risk of a Clostridium difficile infection. In addition, many patients with extended antibiotic treatment experience increased risk of nephrotoxicity, though in this case study, the patient was already on dialysis.