The Problem

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.

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The common cold is the most common viral infection for which antibiotics are prescribed worldwide but are not always necessary.

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“Antibiotic resistance in children and older adults is of particular concern because these age groups have the highest rates of antibiotic use.”

– CDC

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.

Respiratory Panel

Viral Pathogens:

  • Adenovirus
  • Bocavirus
  • Coronavirus (229E, HKU1, NL63, OC43)
  • Enterovirus
  • Human Metapneumovirus A
  • Human Metapneumovirus B
  • Influenza A
  • Influenza B
  • Parainfluenza virus (type 1-4)
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus A
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus B
  • Rhinovirus (types A & B)

Bacterial Pathogens:

  • Bordetella pertussis
  • Chlamydophila pneumoniae
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Legionella pneumophila
  • Moraxella catarrhalis
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A)

Respiratory Panel Plus

Viral Pathogens:

  • Adenovirus
  • Bocavirus
  • Coronavirus (229E, HKU1, NL63, OC43)
  • Enterovirus
  • Human Metapneumovirus A
  • Human Metapneumovirus B
  • Influenza A
  • Influenza B
  • Parainfluenza (type 1-4)
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus A
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus B
  • Rhinovirus (types A & B)

Bacterial Pathogens:

  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Bordetella pertussis
  • Chlamydophila pneumoniae
  • Enterobacter aerogenes
  • Enterobacter cloacae
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Legionella pneumophila
  • Methicillin/Oxacillin (mecA)
  • Moraxella catarrhalis
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Proteus mirabilis
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A)

Our Process

1

Collect a patient specimen.

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Send the specimen to our lab via overnight shipping or courier.

3

The specimen arrives in our lab and results will be ready in one day.

4

Results are delivered on a one page summary that provides answers to most questions, without having to review pages of data.

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Our Approach

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Citations:

Forum of International Respiratory Societies. The Global Impact of Respiratory Disease – Second Edition. Sheffi eld, European Respiratory Society, 2017.