BCID FilmArray better by a country mile

multiplex PCR array (FilmArray) can shorten time to definitive identification of bacteria responsible for septicaemia by over two days in country hospitals

That soprano again

Septicaemia is a complex clinical entity. Successful clinical management requires prompt decision-making supported by selective use of laboratory aids. A knowledge of the local epidemiology assists presumptive antibiotic choice.

When the fat lady sings

master the use of blood culture during clinical investigation

Watching the detectives

“Clinicians understand that sepsis is often a challenging diagnosis to establish at the bedside. Our report provides data supporting this assertion -namely, that in clinical practice ˜1 in 5 patients with suspected sepsis at admission may actually have a noninfectious disease that mimics the presentation of sepsis.” Heffner et al. CID, 2010.