Navigation Links
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Implements PNA FISH(R) Tests to Help Provide Best Care for Patients with Bloodstream Infections

First hospital in northern Illinois to use a new, cutting edge diagnostic technology to fight serious infections and improve patient care and outcomes.

WOBURN, Mass. and VEDBAEK, Denmark, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ --AdvanDx today announced OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois has implemented AdvanDx's PNA FISH(R) tests to identify bloodstream pathogens 1 to 3 days earlier than conventional methods to help their physicians, pharmacists and nurses improve care and outcomes for patients with bloodstream infections(1).

Every year, 350,000 patients contract bloodstream infections in the United States causing over 90,000 deaths and significant costs to the healthcare system. Rapid and accurate identification of the causative pathogen is crucial to ensuring appropriate antibiotic therapy and improving patient outcomes. Conventional diagnostic methods can take 48 hours or longer forcing physicians to treat patients empirically with broad-spectrum antibiotics that may prove to be ineffective and can lead to long-term resistance. AdvanDx's PNA FISH tests use the bacterial pathogens' own genetic material to provide identification results 1 to 3 days sooner than conventional methods(1).

Clinical trials conducted at hospitals in the United States have shown that implementing PNA FISH and delivering fast results to clinicians directed earlier, effective antibiotic therapy, reduced mortality rates and improved hospital operational efficiency by reducing hospital length of stay, bed utilization, and pharmacy and lab costs related to unnecessary antibiotic use(1,2,3). OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is the first hospital in northern Illinois to implement the rapid PNA FISH tests and enable their clinicians to use the fast, therapy-directing diagnostic results to improve care and outcomes for their patients.

"We are very excited to provide the latest diagnostic tool to help our clinicians identify these serious infections in our critically ill patients," said Dr. Gary Rifkin, Infectious Diseases Consultant and Physician Epidemiologist at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. "The fast results from the laboratory will enable our clinicians to know which pathogens they are dealing with much earlier, will help them prescribe the most appropriate antibiotic, and allow us to deliver the best care for our patients," Dr. Rifkin added.

About OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is a 254-bed tertiary care facility located on a 100-acre campus near Interstate 90 and US Business 20 in Rockford, Illinois. The regional medical center is well known for providing pioneering care in its Level I Trauma Center, Regional Heart Institute, Center for Cancer Care, Illinois Neurosciences Institute and Women's Center.

About Bloodstream Infections

Every year, 350,000 patients contract bloodstream infections, causing over 90,000 unnecessary deaths and significant costs to the healthcare system. The infection is detected when a culture of the patient's blood (i.e. a blood culture) turns positive with bacteria and yeast. Rapid and accurate identification of the specific infecting pathogen is crucial to ensure early and appropriate therapy and save patient lives.


PNA FISH is an easy-to-use and highly sensitive and specific fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay that uses PNA (peptide nucleic acid) probes to target species specific ribosomal RNA (rRNA) in live bacteria and yeast. PNA FISH tests enable microbiology labs to provide rapid and accurate identification of bloodstream pathogens directly from positive blood cultures in hours instead of days. Clinical studies show that rapid identification of bloodstream pathogens using PNA FISH tests leads to more appropriate patient therapy that saves lives and reduces unnecessary antibiotic use, patient length of stay and hospital costs.


(1)Forrest et al. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2008 Oct;52(10):3558-63.

(2)Shoham et al. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2008 Jun;4(3):637-40.

(3)Forrest et al. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2006 Jul;58(1):154-8.


Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Saint Vincent Health System of Erie, Pennsylvania Named One of AARP 2007 Best Employers for Workers Over 50
2. ASTAR Air Cargo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and DHL to Help Peruvian Earthquake Victims
3. Saint Barnabas Health Care System Expands Business Relationship with Thomson Healthcare
4. Saint Marys Reno RNs Choose CNA/NNOC in Landslide 64 Percent Vote for 500 RNs
5. Revise guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy, says Saint Louis U. obstetrician
6. Providence Saint Joseph Medical Named LA Countys Third Primary Stroke Center
7. Saint Barnabas Medical Center Converts to Masimo SET Technology - Establishing a Foundation for the Future of Pulse Oximetry
8. Saint Josephs Hospital of Atlanta Sued Over Patient Admission and Billing Scheme, According to Page Perry, LLC
9. Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)s Circle of Promise Welcomes Gabrielle Union, Lalah Hathaway, Synthia SAINT JAMES as National Ambassadors
10. Catholic Health East Acquires Saint Michaels Medical Center
11. Saint Marys Reno RNs Win Landmark Nevada Pact
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) announced today that ... On Nov. 30, ASCP shared its “Give a minute. Get tested. Find a cure.” ... importance of getting tested for HIV. , ASCP has asked members to replace their ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Beach, FL (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... of Consumer Reports magazine, quoted Michael Hansen, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Consumer ... and even more so for a child’s exposure limits. , The original Nov ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... scoop often results in wasted time. Fortunately, an inventor from Chesterfield, Va., has found ... SCOOP CLIP to keep the scoop used to measure powdered contents in a canister ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Medicalis, a leading developer of enterprise-scale Imaging ... (RSNA) annual meeting, being held November 29 – December 3, 2015, that its ... company has completed installations for Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) customers such as WellSpan, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... its industry-leading suite of automated breast density assessment and enterprise analytics solutions, ... November 29-December 4, 2015 (South Hall booth #2377). Volpara’s quantitative breast imaging ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/29/2015)... , Nov. 29, 2015  Strengthening its leadership ... PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced IntelliSpace Portal 8.0 ... analytics and visualization platform that helps radiologists detect, diagnose ... 2015 Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting ... IntelliSpace Portal 8.0 helps address the changing demands in ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... , Nov. 29, 2015  At this year,s ... to experience the most complete mobile C-arm portfolio with ... is Ziehm Vision RFD 3D, the world,s only 3D ... edge length per scan volume. In addition, Ziehm Imaging ... motorized mobile C-arm in four axes which is ideally ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... 29, 2015 CIVCO Medical Solutions will ... the Radiological Society of North America ... November 29 – December 4, 2015. ... offer customers unrivaled versatility, enhanced user experience and ... --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: