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Tools for optimising antibiotic use

Rapid diagnostic tools can support the optimal use of antibiotics in primary care.

QuikRead go is a rapid point-of-care system, which aids the doctor in treatment decisions at the point of care.   

QuikRead go CRP

C-reactive protein (CRP) is an acute phase protein whose concentration typically rises in bacterial infections but generally remains low in viral infections. Antibiotics should only be given when a bacterial infection is suspected.

  • QuikRead go CRP helps the doctor to rule out a bacterial infection during the consultation and thus to avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics.

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QuikRead go Strep A

Most cases of sore throat are caused by viruses or the Streptococcus pyogenes bacterium (Strep A). To avoid treating viral infections with antibiotics, it is important to verify or exclude a Strep A infection with a diagnostic test.

  • QuikRead go Strep A supports the doctor in identifying patients who need antibiotic treatment during the consultation.

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Orion GenRead C. difficile

Antibiotic use is a well-established risk factor for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), the most common healthcare-associated infection. Once CDI has been diagnosed, it is recommended to discontinue the antibiotic causing the infection and start the appropriate C. difficile treatment.

  • Orion GenRead C. difficile provides the doctor a rapid tool for the diagnosis of CDI and helps decide how to optimise the patient’s antibiotic treatment.

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Orion GenRead Campylobacter

Campylobacter is the most frequent cause of bacterial gastroenteritis.The infection is usually self-limiting, but for immunocompromised patients, at risk of severe disease, antimicrobial therapy may be recommended. Their prognosis is most dependent on the rapidity with which appropriate antimicrobial therapy is started.

  • Orion GenRead Campylobacter provides the doctor a rapid tool for the diagnosis of campylobacteriosis and supports treatment decisions.

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Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common infections caused by bacteria. Unnecessary antibiotic treatments can be avoided by detecting the microbial infection correctly. Especially in animals, symptoms should not be used alone for diagnosis of UTI.

  • Uricult dipslides are easy-to-perform bacterial culture tests for detection of UTI in point-of-care settings.

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