New medical device to diagnose infections faster

Washington D.C, Sept 6 (ANI): A new study has suggested that a new diagnostic device may significantly reduce the amount of time necessary to diagnose tissue infections.

When a patient arrives at a hospital with a serious infection, doctors have precious few minutes to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment accordingly.

Doctors’ ability to act quickly and correctly not only makes a difference to the patient’s outcome, it determines whether the infection spreads to other patients in the clinic, and can even contribute to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

Luckily for patients and doctors alike, a new diagnostic device created by collaborative team of UA engineers and scientists may help.

The device’s novel approach to molecular diagnostics, called DOTS qPCR, is faster, more efficient and less expensive than alternatives currently being used in clinics.

Researcher Dustin Harshman said that they have developed a completely different type of system than what exists out on the market, adding that they want to see physicians get diagnostic information more rapidly and prescribe better initial therapies.

The work is described online in the journal Science Advances. (ANI)

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