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Elizabeth A Neuner, Andrea M Pallotta, Simon W Lam, David Stowe, Steven M Gordon, Gary W Procop, Sandra S Richter
OBJECTIVE To describe the impact of rapid diagnostic microarray technology and antimicrobial stewardship for patients with Gram-positive blood cultures. DESIGN Retrospective pre-intervention/post-intervention study. SETTING A 1,200-bed academic medical center. PATIENTS Inpatients with blood cultures positive for Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. anginosus, Streptococcus spp., and Listeria monocytogenes during the 6 months before and after implementation of Verigene Gram-positive blood culture microarray (BC-GP) with an antimicrobial stewardship intervention...
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Richard S P Huang, Coreen L Johnson, Lauryn Pritchard, Richard Hepler, Trang T Ton, James J Dunn
BACKGROUND: Multiplex syndromic panels have the capability of identifying causes of diarrheal illness. This study evaluated the performance characteristics of three multiplex molecular assays for the detection of common stool pathogens. METHODS: A total of 152 stool specimens were tested using three platforms: Verigene Enteric Pathogens Test (Verigene), Biofire FilmArray Gastrointestinal Panel (Biofire) and Luminex xTAG® Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (Luminex)...
September 22, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Michael Berktold, Wolfgang Mutschlechner, Dorothea Orth-Höller
Rapid microbial diagnostics is important for septicemic patients. The current gold standard is blood culture with consecutive pathogen identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. However, these culture-based methods need at least 48 h.The aim of this study was to compare Verigene(®) (Nanosphere, Northbrook, IL, USA), a rapid hybridization-based method, with conventional culture-based methods for detection of pathogens and resistance markers from positive blood cultures of septic patients.In 85 of 100 tested blood culture samples (85 %), pathogen identification as well as resistance profile were identical in Verigene and conventional culture...
September 13, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Emi Minejima, Annie Wong-Beringer
Antimicrobial stewardship (ASP) is an intervention-based program to improve patient outcomes to infection while limiting spread of resistance and unintended consequences. Many rapid diagnostic tools are now FDA cleared for clinical use, with three evaluated across multiple settings: Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, Verigene, and FilmArray. Areas covered: This review will focus on studies published that evaluated ASP intervention with rapid diagnostic implementation on outcomes of infection...
November 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
Tamar Walker, Sandrea Dumadag, Christine Jiyoun Lee, Seung Heon Lee, Jeffrey M Bender, Jennifer Cupo Abbott, Rosemary C She
Gram-negative bacteremia is highly fatal, and hospitalizations due to sepsis have been increasing worldwide. Molecular tests that supplement Gram stain results from positive blood cultures provide specific organism information to potentially guide therapy, but more clinical data on their real-world impact are still needed. We retrospectively reviewed cases of Gram-negative bacteremia in hospitalized patients over a 6-month period before (n = 98) and over a 6-month period after (n = 97) the implementation of a microarray-based early identification and resistance marker detection system (Verigene BC-GN; Nanosphere) while antimicrobial stewardship practices remained constant...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Nurinnisa Ozturk, Ebubekir Bakan, Mehmet Ali Gul, Nuri Bakan, Engin Sebin, Ahmet Kiziltunc
OBJECTIVE: Factor V / Factor II / Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, gene polymorphisms are closely associated with thrombophilia. Regional frequencies of these mutations may show a characteristic state. The aim of our study was to evaluate the frequency of commonly seen Factor V / Factor II / Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphisms in Eastern Turkey. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 433 patients sent to the laboratory with the suspicion of thrombophilia, using whole blood samples, an automated Nucleic Acid Test was used for mutation determinations in Verigene System...
February 2016: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Jae-Seok Kim, Go-Eun Kang, Han-Sung Kim, Hyun Soo Kim, Wonkeun Song, Kyu Man Lee
The performance of molecular tests using the Verigene Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Blood Culture nucleic acid tests (BC-GP and BC-GN, resp.; Naosphere, Northbrook, IL, USA) was evaluated for the identification of microorganisms detected from blood cultures. Ninety-nine blood cultures containing Gram-positive bacteria and 150 containing Gram-negative bacteria were analyzed using the BC-GP and BC-GN assays, respectively. Blood cultures were performed using the Bactec blood culture system (BD Diagnostic Systems, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) and conventional identification and antibiotic-susceptibility tests were performed using a MicroScan system (Siemens, West Sacramento, CA, USA)...
2016: BioMed Research International
Jürgen Rödel, Matthias Karrasch, Birgit Edel, Sylvia Stoll, Jürgen Bohnert, Bettina Löffler, Angela Saupe, Wolfgang Pfister
Rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections remains a challenge for the early targeting of an antibiotic therapy in sepsis patients. In recent studies, the reliability of the Nanosphere Verigene Gram-positive and Gram-negative blood culture (BC-GP and BC-GN) assays for the rapid identification of bacteria and resistance genes directly from positive BCs has been demonstrated. In this work, we have developed a model to define treatment recommendations by combining Verigene test results with knowledge on local antibiotic resistance patterns of bacterial pathogens...
March 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Xiu-Hong Chen, Ji-Hua Wang, Xiao-Hong Yao
UNLABELLED: In primary care medicine, establishing a diagnosis of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections is usually based on clinical history and physical examination as well as a consideration of time of the year and circulating respiratory viruses in the community. METHODS: We tested the potential clinical samples using the automated molecular assay which included rapid influenza diagnostic test, Rapid Immunochromatographic Antigen Test, Verigene Respiratory Virus Plus Nucleic Acid Test, BD Veritor(TM) System for Rapid Detection of RSV in the paediatric setting for diagnosis of influenza and respiratory syntactical virus infections when testing was done by the paediatrician seeing the patient...
2015: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Hiromichi Suzuki, Shigemi Hitomi, Yuji Yaguchi, Kiyoko Tamai, Atsuo Ueda, Kazuhiro Kamata, Yasuharu Tokuda, Hiroshi Koganemaru, Yoko Kurihara, Hiroichi Ishikawa, Hideji Yanagisawa, Katsunori Yanagihara
The Verigene Gram-positive blood culture test (BC-GP) and the Verigene Gram-negative blood culture test (BC-GN) identify representative Gram-positive bacteria, Gram-negative bacteria and their antimicrobial resistance by detecting resistance genes within 3 h. Significant benefits are anticipated due to their rapidity and accuracy, however, their clinical utility is unproven in clinical studies. We performed a clinical trial between July 2014 and December 2014 for hospitalized bacteremia patients. During the intervention period (N = 88), Verigene BC-GP and BC-GN was used along with conventional microbiological diagnostic methods, while comparing the clinical data and outcomes with those during the control period (N = 147) (UMIN registration ID: UMIN000014399)...
December 2015: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Hyun-Ki Kim, Hyun Jung Kang, Dae-Hyun Ko, Tae-Dong Jeong, Woochang Lee, Sail Chun, Won-Ki Min
BACKGROUND: Cytochrome P450 2C19 (CYP2C19) is a clinically important enzyme that metabolizes a wide variety of drugs. Recently, some new genetic assays designed to identify the CYP2C19 genotype were introduced. METHODS: We compared the abilities of the microarray-based Verigene CYP2C19 Test (Nanosphere, USA) and the AccuPower Real-time PCR CYP (*2,*3,*17) assay (Bioneer, Korea) with the ability of the bidirectional sequencing method for the detection of CYP2C19 genotypes in 78 whole blood samples...
2015: Clinical Laboratory
Jean-Philippe Collet, Mathieu Kerneis, Jean-Sébastien Hulot, Stephen A O'Connor, Johanne Silvain, Nicolas Mansencal, Delphine Brugier, Jérémie Abtan, Olivier Barthélémy, Jean-Baptiste Vignalou, Laurent Payot, Hélène Rousseau, Eric Vicaut, Gilles Montalescot
Our aim was to demonstrate that the sequential use of the Verigene® rapid CYP2C19 test for genetic profiling and the VerifyNowTM bedside test for platelet function measurement in ACS patients may optimise P2Y12 inhibition. "Rapid" (CYP2C19*1/*1 or CYP2C19*17 carriers, n=211) and "slow" metabolisers (CYP2C19*2 carriers, n=58) were first put on clopidogrel and prasugrel for ≥ 2 weeks, respectively. Patients with low platelet reactivity (PRU<30) on prasugrel or high platelet reactivity (>208 PRU) on clopidogrel were then switched to clopidogrel and prasugrel, respectively...
January 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Eric Wenzler, Vidhya Chandrasekaran, Patricia Salvador, Muhammad Anwar, Preeti Pancholi, Bradford S McGwire
Limited data exist evaluating outcomes in patients with serious Streptococcus anginosus group infections, particularly bacteraemia. A retrospective, single-centre cohort study was conducted to characterize potential risk factors along with clinical and microbiological outcomes in patients with S. anginosus group bacteraemia (SAGB). Adult inpatients with SAGB identified using the Verigene Gram-positive blood culture assay between March 2013 and April 2014 were included. Patients aged ≤ 18 or >89 years, those with SAGB identified at an outside facility and those who were incarcerated were excluded...
November 2015: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Naoki Uno, Hiromichi Suzuki, Hiromi Yamakawa, Maiko Yamada, Yuji Yaguchi, Shigeyuki Notake, Kiyoko Tamai, Hideji Yanagisawa, Shigeki Misawa, Katsunori Yanagihara
The Verigene Gram-Negative Blood Culture Nucleic Acid Test (BC-GN) is a microarray-based assay that enables rapid detection of 9 common Gram-negative bacteria and 6 resistance determinants directly from positive blood cultures. We compared the performance of BC-GN with currently used automated systems, testing 141 clinical blood cultures and 205 spiked blood cultures. For identification of BC-GN target organisms in clinical and spiked blood cultures, the BC-GN assay showed 98.5% (130/132) and 98.9% (182/184) concordance, respectively...
December 2015: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
J C Cho, S J Estrada, A J Beltran, M P Revuelta
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Treatment of bacteremia due to Staphylococcus aureus often requires prolonged therapy leading to increased hospital lengths of stay and associated costs. For certain patients, referral to an outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) programme serves as an alternative to increased inpatient length of stay. We report an alternative to OPAT using dalbavancin for the treatment of methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). CASE SUMMARY: A 54-year-old Caucasian man was brought to the emergency department from a rehabilitation centre with altered mental status and possible seizure...
July 16, 2015: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Nathan A Ledeboer, Bert K Lopansri, Neelam Dhiman, Robert Cavagnolo, Karen C Carroll, Paul Granato, Richard Thomson, Susan M Butler-Wu, Heather Berger, Linoj Samuel, Preeti Pancholi, Lettie Swyers, Glen T Hansen, Nam K Tran, Christopher R Polage, Kenneth S Thomson, Nancy D Hanson, Richard Winegar, Blake W Buchan
Bloodstream infection is a serious condition associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The outcome of these infections can be positively affected by the early implementation of effective antibiotic therapy based on the identification of the infecting organism and genetic markers associated with antibiotic resistance. In this study, we evaluated the microarray-based Verigene Gram-negative blood culture (BC-GN) assay in the identification of 8 genus or species targets and 6 genetic resistance determinants in positive blood culture broths...
August 2015: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Mhair Dekmezian, Stacy G Beal, Mary Jane Damashek, Raul Benavides, Neelam Dhiman
Successful performance and execution of rapid diagnostics in a clinical laboratory hinges heavily on careful validation, accurate and timely communication of results, and real-time quality monitoring. Laboratories must develop strategies to integrate diagnostics with stewardship and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. We present a collaborative SUCCESS model for execution and monitoring of rapid sepsis diagnostics to facilitate timely treatment. Six months after execution of the Verigene Gram-Positive Blood Culture (BC-GP) and the AdvanDx PNA-FISH assays, data were collected on 579 and 28 episodes of bacteremia and fungemia, respectively...
April 2015: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
Stacy G Beal, Cody Thomas, Neelam Dhiman, Daniel Nguyen, Huanying Qin, Jennifer M Hawkins, Mhair Dekmezian, Raul Benavides
New technologies offer rapid identification of organisms and antimicrobial resistance markers in blood cultures several hours faster than conventional methods. We sought to determine whether implementation of the Verigene® Gram-Positive Blood Culture (BC-GP) assay paired with a well-defined results reporting algorithm would lead to earlier deescalation of empiric therapy for inpatients with methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) bacteremia. The algorithm design focused on lessening the demand for pharmacist time by using electronic communications where possible...
April 2015: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
Maggie J Box, Eva L Sullivan, Kristine N Ortwine, Mark A Parmenter, Michael M Quigley, Louise M Aguilar-Higgins, Cynthia L MacIntosh, Kristina F Goerke, Rachel A Lim
BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnostics for bloodstream infections have been shown to improve outcomes. Most studies have focused on rapid diagnostics for a single pathogen and have been conducted in academic medical centers. The Verigene Gram-Positive Blood Culture Test (BC-GP) identifies 12 gram-positive organisms and 3 genetic markers of antibiotic resistance from positive blood culture media in 2.5 hours. This study evaluates implementation of the Verigene BC-GP panel in combination with real-time support from the Antibiotic Stewardship Team (AST) in a community hospital system...
March 2015: Pharmacotherapy
Danya G Roshdy, Anthony Tran, Nicholas LeCroy, Donglin Zeng, Fang-shu Ou, Lindsay M Daniels, David J Weber, Kevin Alby, Melissa B Miller
Implementation of the Verigene Gram-positive blood culture test led to reductions in time to acceptable antibiotic overall (1.9 versus 13.2 h, respectively; P=0.04) and time to appropriate antibiotic for patients with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (4.2 versus 43.7 h; P=0.006) and viridans group Streptococcus (0.2 versus 7.1 h; P=0.02).
April 2015: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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