The PCT, which is a biomarker specific to bacterial infections, helps in guiding antibiotic treatment decisions or evaluating the risk of critically ill patients for progression to sepsis or septic shock.

When run on the Lumipulse platform and used along with other laboratory findings and clinical assessments, the PCT assay will help in decision making for patients with suspected or confirmed lower respiratory tract infection.

The assay is useful in risk assessment of critically ill patients on their first day of intensive care unit (ICU) admission for progression to severe sepsis or septic shock.

Through measuring a change in PCT level over time, the assay will help in depicting the cumulative 28-day risk of all-cause mortality for patients diagnosed with severe sepsis or septic shock in the ICU or obtained in the emergency department or other hospital setting prior to ICU admission.

In addition, the assay is useful in decision-making for patients with suspected or confirmed sepsis.

Fujirebio US sales and marketing vice president Matthew Bell said: “Serial measurement of procalcitonin levels is a significant innovation for antibiotic stewardship, which can lead to reduced hospitalization stays without adversely affecting patient outcomes.

“The Lumipulse G B•R•A•H•M•S PCT Assay is a significant new tool in the fight against sepsis, lowering hospital re-admission rates, and improving the use of antibiotic treatment.”

Fujirebio Diagnostics is a subsidiary of Fujirebio Holdings, which is engaged in the clinical development, manufacturing and commercialization of in-vitro diagnostic products for the management of human disease states.

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