Before QIAstat-Dx, when urgent questions arise in the emergency room, the answers were sought elsewhere: In the lab. Visseaux would dispense a sample to the lab via a pneumatic tube system, where results often took hours, sometimes even days, during weekends or holidays, when the lab wasn’t staffed.
As a result of this delay, patients with suspected influenza are often isolated, strictly as a precaution to avoid exposing other patients. For the hospital, this means that beds and rooms are often unnecessarily blocked, or that physicians feel compelled to prescribe antibiotics before any infection is confirmed, which, if unwarranted, can contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
With QIAstat-Dx, the lab resides in the emergency room. The machine is small enough to place without getting in the way of hospital staff who need quick access to patients, and is easy for nurses and technicians to use, even with complex, cutting-edge testing taking place within the machine itself. A user needs less than one minute of hands-on time to prepare a sample for this system, which surveys a large number of pathogens, and produces answers fast and onsite, right where they’re needed.