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Tackle respiratory infections year-round

It looks like we could be in for another tumultuous respiratory season. 

The Australian 2022–2023 respiratory season, which often mirrors our own in the northern hemisphere (1), began early this year with a record number of flu cases (2). And we continue to see spikes in COVID-19 cases as new variants appear (3). 

It’s hard to say what will come next, but we’re ready to help you prepare for the unexpected. Our multiplex panel tests can help you get quick, definitive answers when you need them.  

Read on to learn more about this fast and effective diagnostic approach. 

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Tackle antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the efficacy of our antimicrobials and increases the risk of common respiratory infections progressing to sepsis. Lower respiratory infections associated with AMR resulted in 1.5 million deaths in 2019 (4). 

But you can fight back against AMR. By rapidly and accurately diagnosing respiratory infections early, you can support evidence-based antimicrobial use and stop infections from progressing to sepsis.

Multiplex panels can make your job easier

As cases of influenza-like illness spike this respiratory season, you and your team will be under enormous pressure. Take the stress out of diagnostics and get patients back to their families sooner with a diagnostic tool that tests for multiple circulating respiratory pathogens at once. Learn how multiplex PCR panels can save you time, improve patient outcomes and benefit your hospital as a whole. 

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Outrunning viruses – multiplex testing in the field

Clinical virologist, Dr. Allison Glass, thrives on fast-paced results, whether she’s running an ultramarathon or running a state-of-the-art molecular diagnostics lab. Learn how she leverages the fast results provided by multiplex panel tests to stay one step ahead of viruses.

The symptoms of flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory infections are all very similar, making them difficult to diagnose. Sensitive multiplex PCR panel testing is a fast and simple way to accurately diagnose your patients when multiple respiratory pathogens are circulating. In fact, the CDC and the Academy of Medical Sciences “strongly support multiplex testing” in this situation (5, 6).

With the QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel, you don’t just get results for 22 respiratory pathogens in about an hour. You also get access to Ct values and amplification curves, powerful connectivity features and on-demand epidemiology reports.

Learn more about the QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel
* Enterovirus and Rhinovirus are both detected, but not differentiated, with the QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel.
Learn more about the QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel

To support the efforts for accessible testing to meet the demands of the COVID-19 outbreak, QIAGEN developed the QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel. This version of our multiplex syndromic cartridge detects and differentiates* 22 respiratory targets, including SARS-CoV-2 from nasopharyngeal swabs (NPS) eluted in universal transport media (UTM).

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Our team of experts is ready to help you bring the reliability of QIAstat-Dx multiplex panel testing to your lab. Contact us to see how. 

References

  1. Zhang, Y., Yakob, L., Bonsall, M.B., Hu, W. (2019) Predicting seasonal influenza epidemics using cross-hemisphere influenza surveillance data and local internet query data. Scientific Reports 9, 3262. 
  2. The Guardian. Australia’s monthly flu cases more than doubled previous record in May. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/12/australias-monthly-flu-cases-more-than-doubled-previous-record-in-may 
  3. ECDC. Implications of the emergence and spread of the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern BA.4 and BA.5 for the EU/EEA. https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/news-events/implications-emergence-spread-sars-cov-2-variants-concern-ba4-and-ba5 (Accessed June 15, 2022)
  4. Antimicrobial Resistance Collaborators (2022) Global burden of bacterial antimicrobial resistance in 2019: a systematic analysis. Lancet 399, 10325: 629–655
  5. Academy of Medical Sciences (2021) COVID-19: Preparing for the future – Looking ahead to winter 2021/22 and beyond. https://acmedsci.ac.uk/file-download/4747802
  6. CDC. Testing Guidance for Clinicians When SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza Viruses are Co-circulating https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/testing-guidance-for-clinicians-hospitaized.htm

* Some features require a QIAstat-Dx Connectivity plan. Flexible plans are available to meet your lab’s needs.

The QIAstat-Dx Analyzer and the QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel are intended for in vitro diagnostic use. 

For up-to-date licensing information and product-specific disclaimers, see the respective QIAGEN kit instructions for use or user manual. QIAGEN instructions for use and user manuals are available at www.qiagen.com or can be requested from QIAGEN Technical Services (or your local distributor).