Lower respiratory tract infections are caused by a variety microorganism such as bacterial, viral fungal organisms. These infections cause high morbidity and mortality in hospitalised patients. Early, rapid and accurate identification of these organisms is crucial towards selection of the appropriate antimicrobial treatment and patient management; however, existing traditional detection methods are slow. Besides, the molecular tests are often either unavailable or are not routinely ordered on the specimens. The Pneumonia Panel of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd will help address these issues.
Dr. Niranjan Patil, Head, Microbiology, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd said, “Pneumonia patients are frequently over-treated with antibiotics because it is difficult to quickly identify the pathogen responsible for their symptoms. In order to plug this gap, at Metropolis, we have launched Pneumonia Panel. It is equipped to deliver accurate pathogen identification in about two hours.” He added, “Our panel will enable the physicians to put patients on appropriate therapy quickly.”
Pneumonia Panel will have potential impact on modifications to antimicrobial therapy for respiratory pathogens in sputum, endotracheal aspirates, broncholoalveolar lavage (BAL), miniBAL specimens.
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