Syndromic testing benefits
Resolve diagnostic unknowns fast
We understand how challenging it can be to quickly and accurately diagnose infectious diseases. When a patient is ill and time is of the essence, how do you make sure you test for the right pathogen the first time?
That's exactly when syndromic testing really shines. Unlike traditional diagnostic methods, like bacterial culture and microscopy, syndromic testing uses multiplex PCR to test for several pathogens at once – and it only takes around an hour. The quick, comprehensive results of syndromic testing let you provide the best care possible for your patients.
The benefits of syndromic testing go beyond fast results
Syndromic testing can help eliminate the guesswork of diagnosing infectious diseases and help you make faster clinical decisions. This not only benefits your patients, but your institution as a whole. Many clinical publications show that syndromic testing can help diagnostic labs work smarter, support antimicrobial stewardship programs, improve patient outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs.
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How does syndromic testing work?Syndromic testing provides qualitative detection and identification of multiple viral, bacterial, fungal and/or parasitic pathogens in a sample using highly multiplexed real-time PCR. While older molecular methods required multiple different singleplex tests to be run, syndromic testing can provide results for more than 20 pathogens with just one multiplex test. This saves time and resources and increases lab efficiency.
How are pathogens detected in syndromic testing?The real-time PCR reaction that mediates detection of pathogen targets in a patient sample involves four simple steps that take around one hour. In this simplified example, the specific pathogen target being detected is viral RNA.
What do syndromic test results look like?Unlike traditional laboratory techniques, which can sometimes produce subjective results, syndromic testing provides a binary answer for pathogen detection: positive or negative.
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- Zhu et al., Clin Pediatr, 2019, 58(2):185-190
- Rappo U, et al. J Clin Micro 2016