QuickFISH Cost Benefits


Cut the cost of Septicaemia, to patients, clinicians, lab staff and budgets.

QuickFISH offers 20 minute Pathogen ID from blood cultures, facilitating:

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


How will this benefit you?

Our example based on published data shows how.
In NHS hospitals, for every 100 blood cultures positive for Staphylococci, 39 are due to Staphylococcus aureus, and 61 are due to Coagulase negative Staphylococci (CoNS)1


Identification of CoNS in 20 minutes rather than 24-48 hours delivers:

  • 2 day reduction in length of hospital stay per patient with CoNS 2,3
  • 4.5 doses of Vancomycin saved per patient with CoNS2


Identification of S.aureus in 20 minutes rather than 24-48 hours delivers:

  • 53% reduction in patient mortality 3


In a cohort of 100 patients with Staphylococcus positive blood cultures this would save 122 patient bed-days, 275 doses of vancomycin and 8 lives.

Treating a patient with Septicaemia costs £1400 per day4,5,6 – adopting QuickFISH could save £170,000 per cohort of 100 patients!

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1. Polymicrobial bacteraemia and fungaemia in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland: 2011 (Health Protection Agency data) http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1317137720400

2. Forrest GN, Mehta S, Weekes E, Lincalis DP, Johnson JK, Venezia RA. Impact of rapid in situ hybridization testing on coagulase-negative staphylococci positive blood cultures. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2006 Jul;58(1):154-8

3. Ly T, Gulia J, Pyrgos V, Waga M, Shoham S. Impact upon clinical outcomes of translation of PNA FISH-generated laboratory data from the clinical microbiology bench to bedside in real time. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2008 Jun;4(3):637-40.

4. Reference costs, Department of Health, 13 January 2011 – http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_123459

5. Sepsis Management in Scotland: A Report by the Scottish Trauma Audit Group, NHS Services Scotland – http://www.stag.scot.nhs.uk/Publications/STAG-SEPSIS-Report-November-2010.pdf

6. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) News and Numbers, October 6 2011 – http://www.ahrq.gov/news/nn/nn100611.htm

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