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Sepsis quality standard (NICE)

Sepsis can progress very quickly – patients who are not identified and treated in a timely manner risk life-threatening complications and even death. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a new draft quality standard on sepsis emphasising that people with life-threatening sepsis symptoms should be treated within one hour.

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Evaluating QuickFISH™ for Rapid Sepsis Species ID

by Emma Kerr, Specialist Biomedical Scientist, Microbiology Department, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley. In a recent study carried out at the Royal Alexandra Hospital within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, patient blood culture samples were evaluated for the clinical effectiveness of QuickFISH in the direct detection of Staphylococcus species and Enterobacteriaceae. The reliability of the QuickFISH method in identification of bacterial pathogens was assessed.

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About Sepsis Diagnostics

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the presence of micro-organisms such as bacteria (bacteraemia) and fungi (fungaemia) in the bloodstream. Disease progression can be rapid so effective clinical intervention in these cases requires prompt diagnosis and identification of the responsible pathogen.

The QuickFISH system offers unprecedentedly fast (20 minute) species identification of pathogens directly from positive blood cultures, allowing the reporting of pathogen identification at the same time as the reporting of Gram stain results. Implementation of QuickFISH for sepsis diagnostics can deliver

  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Decreased financial outlay
  • Optimised antibiotic use
  • Decreased patient length of stay