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Detect MRSA & SA skin and soft tissue infections in less than one hour

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The Need

SSTIs are a major health concern

  • The most common cause of skin and soft tissue infections is Staph aureus; MRSA represents over 50% of these infections in parts of the U.S.1
  • Current laboratory methods can take up to 72 hours to determine if a SSTI is SA or MRSA
  • Empiric treatment, found to be incorrect in 57% of patients according to one study, is employed due to lack of a rapid identification method2

(1) CDC Press release 09/08/2008 entitled “CDC Steps Up Efforts to Fight Drug-Resistant Germ”.;
(2) Moran et al. “Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus Infections among Patients in the Emergency Department”, NEJM 355:664-674; 2006.

The Solution

The tremendous increase of both hospital acquired and community acquired MRSA in skin and soft tissue infections requires a change in management of these infections. Cepheid's on-demand Xpert MRSA/SA SSTI test detects the presence of S. aureus (SA) or methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) in skin and soft tissue infections in less than one hour.

The only rapid and comprehensive SSTI test available

  • Xpert MRSA/SA SSTI is a rapid, on-demand test for detecting MRSA and SA from skin and soft tissue swabs in less than one hour
  • Xpert MRSA/SA SSTI is the most comprehensive Staph aureus test available:
    • Includes targets for Staph aureus, MRSA, and mecA
    • Identifies presumptive positive "empty cassette" strains for correct classification as SA sensitive
    • Unparalleled automation with the GeneXpert® System provides reduced hands-on time and improved laboratory efficiency

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Number of Tests: 10

Catalog #: GXMRSASA-SSTI-10

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