Rapid diagnostics improve care for bloodstream infections

By Chris Gardner


Upon completion of this article, the reader will be able to:

  1. Discuss statistics and factors that lead to bloodstream infections.
  2. Describe the limitations of culture-based testing of bloodstream infections.
  3. Discuss best treatment algorithms for suspected bloodstream infections.
  4. List and describe molecular-based testing for bloodstream infections, including their main advantages over culture-based testing.

About the Author

Chris Gardner is Director of Product Marketing at Luminex, a DiaSorin company, responsible for gastrointestinal, blood culture, and other infectious disease tests. He has extensive experience in molecular diagnostics for a wide range of healthcare applications.

Photo credit: Illustration by Christoph Burgstedt @ shutterstock.com

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