ABOUT PCR BASED RAPID LABORATORY TESTING
PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a valuable molecular technique performed in a high complexity laboratory often used to accurately analyze pathogens’ genetic material.
- As a modern molecular biology lab, Personalized Genomics Laboratory utilizes real-time PCR for pathogen identification AND the quantification and detection of bacteria, viruses and antibiotic resistance.
- PCR is 3-5x more sensitive than conventional culture techniques and allows PGL Laboratory to report results for both pathogen identification and antibiotic resistance within 12-24 hours of specimen’s lab arrival.
PCR provides genetic identification of each pathogen with an unequalled accuracy rate of 99.8%
The Front Line of Infection Prevention and Control & Antibiotic Stewardship
- urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- surgical site infections.
Urinary Tract Infections were considered easy to target and treat since more than 70% of cases were caused by E.coli. UTIs are still one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses in older adults and the #1 reason antibiotics are prescribed in Long Term Care Facilities.
Acute respiratory infection remains the leading cause of death amongst young, geriatric and immune-comprised patients. As an infectious disease that interferes with normal breathing, the urgency to provide these populations access to modern technology is essential to detect multiple pathogens simultaneously.
Molecular Gastro (GI)
Gastroenteritis Pathogens Unidentified with Conventional Treatments.
GI infections can be viral, bacterial or parasitic causing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Treatment for patients with serious symptoms include antibiotics or other conventional techniques depending on the subsequent testing and even poor clinical outcomes. Traditional lab tests are also labor intensive and often lack the suitable sensitivity needed for effective results.
Our wound panels have the ability to enhance wound care specialists’ treatment plans and improve their patient outcomes. Wound care specialists have used PGL diagnostics molecular microbial diagnostic information to develop personalized medicine methods in wound care.
Antibiotic Stewardship Program
Education | Testing | Pharmacy | ASP Reporting
As part of PGL infectious disease testing, a trained pharmacist performs a professional overread on each test to determine what medication therapy is best suited to that individual patient. The service is added at no additional cost.
Each month, a detailed ASP report will be provided to each facility detailing the patients tested, bacteria present and recommended medications. The report will be able to be handed to the state surveyors each year preventing costly penalties from SP at no additional cost.