Just Bead It!

Have you ever wondered about the technology that helps runs your tests? We’ve provided you with a little more information about our bead products, and how they can help you! Luminex beads (aka microspheres) make our technology one-of-a-kind. Microplex® microspheres are 5.6 µm in diameter and are made of polysterene. The small size allows for easy suspension […]

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In Ghana Study, xTAG® GPP Accurately Detects Rotavirus in Children

Shows 100% specificity, detects all genotypes, according to the Ghana Study

A new Virology Journal paper reports the results of a study evaluating the use of our xTAG® Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (GPP) for detecting rotavirus in children in Ghana. The xTAG assay is a multiplexed molecular test for viral, parasitic, and bacterial nucleic acids in human stool specimens.

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Septicemia Highlighted as Most Expensive Condition Treated in U.S.

A recent report from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) listed septicemia as the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals. The HCUP Statistical Brief #160 describes the distribution of costs by expected primary payer and illustrates the conditions responsible for the greatest percentage of each payer’s hospital costs. Primary payers include Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and the uninsured. […]

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New Outcomes Data Presented at IDWeek 2014

A study depicting the clinical and economic impact associated with implementing the Verigene® Gram-Positive Blood Culture Test (BC-GP) in combination with antimicrobial stewardship was recently presented by Maggie Box, Pharm.D, of Scripps Health at the 2014 IDWeek meeting. This multi-center, pre-post quasi-experimental analysis was conducted to determine the impact that implementing BC-GP with antimicrobial stewardship had on time to optimal therapy, difference in antimicrobial therapy for blood culture contaminants, hospital length-of-stay, and pharmacy and overall hospital costs. […]

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Increased Readmission Rates for Survivors of Septic Shock

While advances in the understanding of sepsis have led to improved management and outcomes for patients with septic shock, a recent study published in Critical Care Medicine by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania describe a troubling increase in 30-day hospital readmission rates for survivors of septic shock. […]

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New Study Highlights Clinical Significance of <em>S. lugdunensis</em> Detection

While coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) are not often identified to the species level in clinical isolates, a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology highlights the clinical importance associated with the species identification of certain CoNS, particularly Staphylococcus lugdunensis. […]

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Multi-center Study Demonstrates Exceptional Performance of Verigene BC-GN

A recently published manuscript in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Microbiology illustrates the exceptional accuracy of the Verigene® Gram-Negative Blood Culture Test (BC-GN). This multi-center study was conducted at 13 different healthcare institutions across the United States and evaluated over 1,800 gram-negative blood cultures across seven different types of aerobic culture media. Performance of BC-GN was compared to standard bacterial culture and biochemical identification with nucleic acid sequence confirmation of resistance determinants. […]

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Inappropriate Empiric Antibiotics Lengthen Hospitalization for Patients with Gram-Negative BSIs

In a study presented at IDWeek 2015 in San Diego, CA, Sara Cain, PharmD, and colleagues from University of South Carolina School of Medicine demonstrated that inappropriate empiric antibiotic treatment is associated with increased hospital length of stay (LOS) for patients with gram-negative bloodstream infections (BSI). […]

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WHO Launches Inaugural World Antibiotic Awareness Week

This Monday marked the start of the World Health Organization’s inaugural World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a campaign that aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, policy-makers, and the agriculture sector to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. The theme of this year’s campaign, “Antibiotics: Handle with Care,” reflects the idea that antibiotics are a precious resource that must be utilized sparingly and appropriately. […]

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