Emerging antimicrobial resistance detection system
The DxM MicroScan WalkAway system is a diagnostic system for bacterial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing for microbiology laboratories. The DxM MicroScan WalkAway system uses direct minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) for detection of antimicrobial resistance, offering greater confidence in results through gold-standard accuracy and the broadest breadth of first-time reporting. Emerging antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi, according to the World Health Organization. Up to 50,000 people die because of AMR in the U.S. and Europe alone, and one study claims that 10 million people a year could die from this global crisis by the year 2050. Timely, accurate detection of emerging AMR is of critical importance in helping to ensure patients are protected against the risk of worsening infection or its progression to life-threatening conditions such as sepsis or septic shock.
The DxM MicroScan WalkAway system allows detection of emerging resistance to the toughest pathogens. As new issues have arisen, such as carbapenemases or other resistance mechanisms, MicroScan has adapted. The panels have been updated to assist in identifying these new resistance mechanisms. At the same time, the system’s delivery of first-time gold-standard MIC accuracy helps laboratories achieve their operational goals by reducing costs associated with confirmatory—or offline—testing. Added workflow enhancements include a new fluid-level sensing technology for added assurance, easy-to-view external LED indicators that show status at a glance, quick bottle release that simplifies reagent maintenance, and integrated reliability improvements that maximize uptime. The DxM MicroScan WalkAway system is part of a full line of microbiology solutions from Beckman Coulter. Automation and standardization of all core aspects of specimen testing creates workflow efficiencies for the laboratory.