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  • nyctel nyctel Aug 20, 2011 8:43 AM Flag

    Reasons to invest in Accelr8 Technology

    Despite the drug resistance crisis, virtually all bacterial and fungal infections can still be treated successfully with an existing antibiotic. The problem is finding one that works in the very limited time within which treatment must begin in order to make a difference.

    The problem with resistance is that the lab takes too long to identify it. As a result, the doc has no choice but to guess. They either use the "standard" drug or a broad-spectrum combination that works for the majority of cases. But this majority is now down to about two-thirds. This means that one-third of cases, on the average, now fail even with a combination of broad-spectrum drugs. They just turn out to be the wrong choices for a specific patient's strains.

    Therefore a fast method to identify the few drugs that should work -- often down to one or two particular drugs -- is what the hospital needs.

    The scary stories in the news media fail to emphasize this critical point. You can still treat almost everything. The question is what drug to use. There are no universally successful drugs, and the list of choices is shrinking fast.

    That's why we diagnosticians get excited about new technology. We KNOW there is a drug that will work, we just can't find it fast enough.

    Ask other lab people and docs that specialize in these cases.

    This is why AXK is so freaking exciting.

    thank dx

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