EKF introduces specific biomarker test for early sepsis identification

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, announces that it has introduced the Stanbio Chemistry Procalcitonin (PCT) LiquiColor® Assay. This new test enables the quantitative determination of PCT in serum samples, EDTA or lithium heparin plasma samples by latex enhanced immunoturbidimetric methodology. Procalcitonin is a marker for bacterial infection and sepsis and has been recognized as an important adjunct marker in the diagnosis of sepsis*.

The new Stanbio Chemistry Procalcitonin (PCT) LiquiColor® Assay is fast, accurate and convenient. The test provides a precise result, which correlates well with established methodology, within 10 minutes and requires just 20 µL of sample. The reagents may be used on almost any liquid-based chemistry analyzer with open-channel capability. In addition, the reagent kit, calibrator and control sets are all available separately.

Commenting on the cost-effectiveness and convenience of the Stanbio Chemistry Procalcitonin (PCT) LiquiColor® Assay, Al Blanco, Business Unit Director – Central Laboratory at EKF Diagnostics said, “This assay can be performed on a customer’s existing chemistry analyzer with the same collection tube used for analysis of other chemistry tests.  Therefore, it will provide optimized lab workflow by eliminating the need to split a sample or have a dedicated off-line workstation. These features will provide any lab with a cost-effective solution for PCT testing.”

*References:

  1. Müller B, et al., Ubiquitous expression of the calcitonin-i gene in multiple tissues in response to sepsis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2001; 86(1):396-404.
  2. Meisner M. Procalcitonin (PCT) – A new, innovative infection parameter. Biochemical and clinical aspects. Thieme; Stuttgart, New York, 2000; ISBN 3-13-105503-0.
  3. Christ-Crain M, et al., Procalcitonin in bacterial infections – hype, hope or more or less? Swiss Med Wkly 2005; 135: 451-60.

For more information on Procalcitonin and sepsis testing, the Stanbio Chemistry range or EKF Diagnostics, please visit www.ekfdiagnostics.com.

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