Friday, December 23, 2016 Written by Cepheid

From the Editor

Welcome to the third issue of IMPACT, a quarterly magazine published by Cepheid’s Systems & Solutions Group.

In this issue we highlight the success that Dr. Najoua El Helali, a thought leader on the prevention of early onset neonatal infections, has had using Xpert® GBS to implement real-time PCR for intrapartum screening at the maternity ward at Paris-Saint-Joseph Hospital. In her informative feature article, Dr. El Helali outlines data on the cost and effectiveness of the intrapartum Xpert GBS strategy Paris-Saint-Joseph implemented. She also gives us insight into the analysis that led to placing a GeneXpert System in the delivery room — giving obstetricians and midwives 24/7 on-demand test results at the point of care.

In our last issue of IMPACT, we reported that C. difficile infections are at an all-time high and add over $1 billion in extra health care costs annually. In this issue’s C. difficile Challenge article, we show how rapid, trusted test results can help your lab positively impact hospital workflow by identifying and treating CDI patients. We hope you will respond and show us how your organization is tackling the C. difficile challenge!