Published on February 11, 2019

BioFire System in Laboratory at Pella Regional

Lab Staff with new Lab EquipmentPELLA, Iowa— The Laboratory at Pella Regional Health Center has recently installed the BioMerieux BioFire FilmArray system. The system will allow the lab staff to get results for infectious disease testing to providers in much less time so they determine a diagnosis. This testing system is capable of identifying a pathogen in approximately 60 minutes, compared to conventional culture techniques, which may take several days.

Diagnosing infectious diseases can be challenging. There are often countless possibilities and finding out what is making a patient sick often requires rapid answers so appropriate treatment decisions can be made. The system can be used in complex diagnostic situations that require multiple answers in a critically short period of time:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Identification of organisms in positive blood cultures
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Meningitis/Encephalitis

“Together, these panels test for more than a 50 pathogens,” said Amy Meyer, Lab Manager at Pella Regional. “This means the system is not only faster, it also offers more complete testing.”

The technology allows for the simultaneous detection of:

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Yeast
  • Parasites
  • Antimicrobial resistance genes

Whether providers are trying to select appropriate therapy for a septic patient, or determining exactly which respiratory pathogen is making a young child sick, Pella Regional is now the fastest way to better results.

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