Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response to a microbial infection (including bloodstream infections such as bacteraemia and fungaemia) which can lead to organ dysfunction.
It is a serious and potentially fatal condition, making prompt diagnosis and treatment vital.
QuickFISH is a simple PNA-FISH based assay that provides a definitive pathogen identification, directly from a positive blood culture, in 20 minutes.
It is ideally suited to providing accurate diagnosis of bacteraemia, candidaemia and sepsis in the clinical microbiology lab.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) News and Numbers, October 26, 2011.
The diagnosis and treatment of bloodstream infections remains a significant issue within the hospital environment. Now, faster diagnosis of sepsis can optimise patient care, reduce mortality rates, shorten the length of stays, and lower hospital costs.
The clinical microbiology laboratory plays a pivotal role in facilitating effective antimicrobial stewardship. Fast accurate results, with high sensitivity and specificity from easy protocols, means you can offer real-time support for physicians and pharmacists.
By enabling species ID to be reported at the same time as the gram stain result, a species specific antimicrobial therapeutic strategy can be implemented immediately. This reduces unnecessary antibiotic exposure, anti-microbial resistance and ultimately costs.
Emma Kerr, Royal Alexandra Hospital, describes a recent study where patient
Olayinka Olutoye describes her project work to investigate the clinical
Customers at North Middlesex University Hospital,describe their experience using PNA FISH.
An introduction showing 20 minute pathogen ID directly from positive blood