Antibiotic resistance is an emerging crisis. The overuse of antibiotics clearly drives the evolution of resistance. At Assurance Scientific Laboratories, we do not believe in faulting patients demanding antibiotics or prescribers writing them incorrectly. The tools to make the correct decision have not been readily available to them.
Interestingly, most if not all antibiotic stewardship programs fail to include the most important weapon to win this war – pathogen identification. Timely, accurate, and precise pathogen identification is the only way this war can be fought and won.
The stomach flu is the second most common illness in the United States. It is most commonly caused by contaminated food or water or by contact with an infected person.
The 3 main causes of gastroenteritis are viral, bacterial and parasitic. Each of these illnesses have different signs and cause different symptoms.
The Assurance Solution
At Assurance Scientific Laboratories, our solution is an antibiotic stewardship program designed to improve the appropriate use of antibiotics by promoting the identification of infectious pathogens. We believe our clinical lab services are second to none. Our vision of the ideal antimicrobial stewardship program begins with our testing. We offer a comprehensive identification solution to best understand the infectious pathogen. Our lab identifies the pathogen(s) present using very sensitive and specific PCR assays. In addition, if indicated, we perform a rapid culture to confirm the genotype while also confirming the phenotype.
Ultimately a treatment decision has to be made. Knowing the presence of any specific antimicrobial resistance genes guides the clinician to determine what NOT to use. In addition, phenotyping antimicrobial susceptibility is the definitive guide to direct what to use. Having both pathogen genotype and phenotype assures a timely, accurate diagnosis and sustainable treatment plan.
- Campylobacter coli/jejuni/lari
- Clostridium difficile
- E. coli (VTEC, O157)
- Norovirus (GI/GII)
- Salmonella spp.
- Shigella spp.
- Yersinia enterocolitica
Collect a patient specimen.
Send the specimen to our lab via overnight shipping or courier.
The specimen arrives in our lab and results will be ready in one day.
Results are delivered on a one page summary that provides answers to most questions, without having to review pages of data.