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Table 2 Cost Analysis of Routine Stool Cultures and BD MAX EBP Testing

From: Comparison of time-motion analysis of conventional stool culture and the BD MAX™ Enteric Bacterial Panel (EBP)

  Stool Culture EBP
  Cost/Unit #Units Cost Cost/Unit #Units Cost
Basic test       
Labor -Technologist time (minutes) 0.45 15 - 17 6.75 – 7.65 0.45 1.48 0.67
Information System labels 0.05 3 0.15 0.05 2 0.1
5 % Sheep Blood agar plate 0.25 1 0.25    
MacConkey agar plate 0.25 1 0.25    
Campy agar plate and BioBag 2.39 1 2.39    
Hektoen Enteric agar plate 0.31 1 0.31    
MacConkey Sorbitol agar plate 0.44 1 0.44    
Shiga toxin test kit and MacConkey Broth 13.52 1 13.52    
Disposable 10 μl loop     0.02 1 0.02
Enteric Panel Kit     30 – 35.00 1 30 – 35.00
MAX test cartridge     0.40 – 0.65 1 0.40 – 0.65
Test site burden 1.00 2 2.00 1.00 1 1.00
Additional workup*       
Labor -Technologist time (minutes) 0.45 35-40 15.75 – 18.00    
5 % Sheep Blood agar plate 0.25 1-3 0.25 – 0.75    
Vitek-Gram negative ID card 6.00 1-3 6.00 – 18.00    
RIM EC O157:H7 test 0.59 1 0.59    
Total Cost (in $)    $26.06 – 64.30    $32.19–37.44
  1. *20 % of cultures required additional labor and supplies to rule out potential pathogens