Mexico: Cancerology to speed diagnosis of infections with new equipment

The National Institute of Cancerology (INCAN) acquired an automated technology team to ease the detection of infection-causing bacteria thereby making diagnoses more accurate and 50% faster than traditional methods.

The BD Kiestra InoqulA equipment has enabled continuous processing and given the opportunity to bring “Telebacteriology” through high-resolution automated imaging to facilitate remote diagnosis.

The INCAN stated that bacteria evolve daily, and can get to the point of not being controlled. Safety and promptness in bacterial identification and antimicrobial susceptibility studies are essential in the management of patients with infectious diseases, and rapid timely diagnosis and treatment reduce not only morbidity but also the spread of infection. The equipment installed in the clinical laboratory of the microbiology area could contribute to decrease the days of hospitalization of patients and thereby reduce costs associated with the complications suffered by patients.

According to studies by the World Health Organization (WHO), infectious diseases are the second cause of death – just below cardiovascular diseases – because infectious agents cause more than 25% of deaths each year. In a statement, the institute adds that, in 2014 alone, in Mexico there were more than 39 million cases of respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary tract and periodontal infections, among others. Becton Dickinson’s in Latin America, stated that the type of automation that these diagnostic systems allows doctors to respond more quickly and improve the quality of results.

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