B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct at Point of Care (POC)

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B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct – Tailored for Emergency Use

In the hospital environment, the emergency department (ED) is the area mainly known for its unpredictable situations, and quick decisions have to be made on a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries. Daily requirements are complex and, along with the continuous changes in healthcare systems, demand that EDs operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which is not always accompanied by a round-the-clock lab service.

B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct is a quantitative whole blood Procalcitonin test enabling immediate decisions 24/7 at the patient's point of care (POC)

The B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct assay has been developed specifically for such conditions. It is a whole blood Procalcitonin test that delivers reliable and quantitative results rapidly at point of care, enabling early diagnosis of bacterial infection or sepsis and has proven to allow the use of the same clinical cut-offs as the current laboratory B·R·A·H·M·S PCT assays.

 

Need for rapid infection diagnosis

B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct is a reliable and reproducible advancement of the established automated laboratory versions of B·R·A·H·M·S PCT. The Procalcitonin biomarker has been known for many years and supports clinicians in their daily routine. Clinicians highly value the PCT results, especially when they face increasing numbers of patients with comorbidities, and acute and chronic diseases, as they do in the ED. In this setting, time is crucial and decisions often have to be made immediately – from a differential diagnosis and the right choice of therapy to the point of further management as to whether the patient should be admitted or not.
The new, easy-to-use B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct test meets these needs, providing a rapidly available, reliable result for immediate decision-making at point of care. 

PCT direct 5times fasterUsing the B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct test reduced the mean time to result to less than half an hour independent of daytime or lab service/logistics (total turnaround time of lab test with a mean of 2:24 h, ranging from 30 min to 7:28 h) (n=303)
Kutz A et al., Clin Chem Lab Med 2016; 54(4); 577-84

A major advantage of B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct is that it significantly reduces total turnaround time, providing the result at point of care 25 minutes after blood draw, which is about five times faster than via a routine request to the hospital laboratory. It is simple to use and requires lower blood volume (20μL) from either venous or capillary blood.

Combatting antibiotic resistance

As well as any automated version of B·R·A·H·M·S PCT, the new POC version aids early diagnosis of clinically relevant bacterial infections and quick identification of patients that would benefit from antibiotic treatment, based on its limit of quantification (LoQ) of 0.22μg/L.

Once antibiotic therapy is started, B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct also allows assessment and therapy monitoring within the measuring range of 0.22–10.00μg/L. Thus, this new POC PCT can easily be used in any near-patient setting to facilitate a more targeted use of antibiotics and lower antibiotic resistance.

In summary, B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct is an easy-to-use, 24/7 available tool to support rapid infection diagnosis and risk assessment, and to facilitate fast decision-making with regard to antibiotic therapy and patient management in the ED and other acute situations, independent of internal hospital logistics at any time of the day.

 

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