Ein neuer Schnell-Test soll virale und bakterielle Infektionen unterscheiden können

Eine sehr interessante Entwicklung, die für die tägliche Praxis sehr interessant werden kann. Eine Unterscheidung zwischen bakterieller oder vitaler Infektion ist bisher nur schwer möglich

Aus dem Pressetext des Herstellers:

NEW CLINICAL STUDY SHOWS MEMED’S IMMUNOXPERTTM BLOOD TEST CAN ACCURATELY DISTINGUISH BETWEEN BACTERIAL AND VIRAL INFECTIONSTirat

Carmel, Israel – March 19, 2015 – MeMed, Ltd., today announced publication of the results of a large multicenter prospective clinical study that validates the ability of its ImmunoXpertTM in-vitro diagnostic blood test to determine whether a patient has an acute bacterial or viral infection. The study enrolled more than 1,000 patients and is published in the March 18, 2015 online edition of PLOS ONE. Unlike most infectious disease diagnostics that rely on direct pathogen detection, MeMed’s assay decodes the body’s immune response to accurately characterize the cause of the infection. Bacterial and viral infections are often clinically indistinguishable, leading to antibiotic overuse and contributing to the spread of antibiotic resistance, which the World Health Organization says is approaching crisis proportions. Paradoxically, the inability to rapidly differentiate infections also results in the underuse of antibiotics, estimated to occur in 20-40% of all bacterial infections, putting patients at risk of complications and increasing healthcare costs. MeMed researchers developed the ImmunoXpert test to accurately distinguish between bacterial and viral infections, with the goal of improving patient management by providing physicians with information that enables them to reduce both the overuse and underuse of antibiotics.

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