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Following skin injury, both resident and transient microbes can enter the skin and cause an infection, greatly prolonging patient recovery or even presenting with life threatening consequences.

Targeting sixteen bacteria, our highly sensitive panel will identify the most common causative agents within 24 hours of specimen collection.  This includes the Bacteroides spp., the most common anaerobe found in wound infections.  Anaerobes are particularly difficult to identify by traditional methods because they can lose the ability to grow once exposed to oxygen during specimen collection, but are readily identified by PCR.  Moreover, the sensitivity of our panels will identify infections early.

By combining the Wound Panel with the ABR panel , clinicians can reduce the time to swap to specific antibiotics.   Faster antibiotic conversion may benefit patients by:

  • Reducing the patient’s possiblity of side effects from the broad spectrum antibiotic
  • Reducing the time before delivering effective treatment to antibiotic resistant organisms (i.e. methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureua (MRSA) or extended spectrum beta lactamase enterobacteracea (ESBLs)
  • Reducing the time before delivering effective treatment to organisms that do not respond to broad spectrum antibiotic regimens (i.e., fungi)
  • Reducing the impact to normal flora, a leading cause of some secondary infections (i.e. Clostridium difficile)
  • Decreasing the chance of other organisms gaining broad spectrum antibiotic resistance

To learn more about how our Wound panel can help your clinic, contact us here.