Respiratory Bacterial Panel Strip kit is a test based on the reverse blot technique that allows the detection and identification of several bacteria associated with respiratory tract infections in respiratory DNA samples.
Acute respiratory infections are a worldwide health problem that currently accounts for 30-40% of hospital admissions among children. In fact, it is particularly dangerous for them as well as for older people and/or people with weak immune systems.
There is a wide range of pathogens involved in this type of infections, both viral and bacterial, with overlapping symptomatological clinical profiles that make it difficult to distinguish the pathogen by simply analysing the patient’s symptoms. They include: common cold, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, sinusitis, pneumonia…
Rapid identification of the causative agent of respiratory infection, and especially the definition of its viral or bacterial source, is of vital importance to limit the development of bacterial resistance and improve the use of antimicrobials. It will also make it possible to reduce the duration of hospitalisations, to implement rapid isolation measures that reduce the risk of nosocomial infection, as well as to collect real-time data for epidemiological studies on the seasonal spread of pathogens.
The Respiratory Bacterial Panel Strip kit allows the detection of the following bacteria in respiratory tract samples (nasopharyngeal and bronchoalveolar swab/ washes/ aspirates, sputum, etc.): S. pneumoniae, B. pertussis, B. parapertussis, B. holmesii, Legionella spp (also differentiating L. pneumophila, L. micdadei, L. longbeachae, L. bozemanae), M. pneumoniae, C. pneumoniae, H. influenzae (differentiating type b from non-type b) and M. catarrhalis.
14 analytes in the same strip
Possibility to automate the hybridization process
COD-UNG system for avoiding contaminations
Differentiation of Legionella, Bordetella and Haemophilus species/types
Several types of sample validated
No, the minimum amount present in the sample is detected, which allows its detection in sterile samples even if they are in low concentration. Detection of these microorganisms in non-sterile samples should be considered in function of symptoms and other patient findings.
In principle, any extraction method that provides quality DNA can be used. However, some extraction kits based on silica columns may be contaminated with Legionella, which can lead to false positives. It is recommended to extract blanks before using real samples to confirm the usefulness of the extraction method.