Every patient treated in a hospital runs the risk of developing an infection.
There is a microbiology company that has figured out a way to not only tell a physician what type of bacteria they are dealing with but also which drugs will work to treat it.
One of the biggest problems doctors face when dealing with infection, is knowing what it is and what will work to treat it.
Trek Diagnosistic Systems makes that job fast and easy.
"We have some great automated products that detect resistance to various antibiotics automatically, as well as will identify the actual staph that is invasive with the individual," explains Mike Burke, CEO Trek Diagnostic Systems.
The sensititre sort of looks like an oven. It actually mimics your body's heat to grow bacteria.
After your doctor takes a culture, the bacterium grows in a petri dish.
They take a sample of methycillian resistant stapholoccus aureus or mrsa and then put drops of it on a plate.
"Each one of these wells has a different amount or concentration of an antibiotic," explains Jenny Lorbach, Trek Diagnostic Systems.
Fifteen different antibiotics at different doses, is all placed in the sensititre.
"The incubator will track and read those results and interpret those results in either 18 or 24 hours," says Burke.
"This is gonna’ automatically read the plate and incubate the plate or grow the bacteria overnight so you can accurately detect what antibiotics will work," explains Lorbach.
"And will confirm back to the physician whether they're on the proper drug therapy or if they need to change the drug therapy," says Burke.
This device and another one that can culture blood samples are found in hospitals or laboratories and may become invaluable as more drug resistant germs invade our space.
The machine can also alert a hospital if a traditional anti-biotic is becoming less effective on certain bacteria.
That can help prevent creating new drug-resistant germs.