How Multiplex-PCR Can Fit Into Diagnostic Testing Strategies for Pneumonia, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks

How Multiplex-PCR Can Fit Into Diagnostic Testing Strategies for Pneumonia, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks

Press Release ( - TORONTO - Nov 28, 2018 - Join industry expert Amanda T. Harrington, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Loyola University Medical Center, for a live webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST.

Current diagnostic methods for lower respiratory specimens typically take one to two days to identify most bacterial pathogens. During that time, clinicians must rely on guideline recommendations and clinical diagnosis to guide empiric therapy, which is not optimized based on the patient’s individual pathogen. The BioFire Pneumonia Panel will provide pathogen identification in a much shorter timeframe and may allow clinicians to optimize targeted pathogen-specific therapy sooner.

The BioFire Pneumonia Panel is a rapid multiplex-PCR test that identifies 33 targets, including 18 bacteria, eight viruses and seven antimicrobial resistance genes from lower respiratory tract specimens in about an hour. It provides semi-quantitative results (in copies/ml) for 15 of the bacterial targets. This new feature provided by multiplex-PCR testing may help clinicians and laboratorians separate colonizing from pathogenic levels of bacteria.

This webinar will discuss the current role of diagnostic testing for the diagnosis of pneumonia and how the BioFire Pneumonia Panel will fit into this landscape. Dr. Amanda Harrington, Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Loyola University Medical Center, was a principal investigator on the BioFire Pneumonia Panel clinical evaluation. She will discuss the clinical performance of the BioFire Pneumonia Panel as well as share data from an evaluation of the testing performed in the clinical laboratory at Loyola University Medical Center.

For more information or to register for this event, visit How Multiplex-PCR Can Fit Into Diagnostic Testing Strategies for Pneumonia.


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