Roche to Introduce New LightCycler(R) MRSA Advanced Test in the EU
New test for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus for better patient care
“As more guidelines recommend or require aggressive screening, it is important that healthcare professionals have access to fast, reliable products that can help improve medical outcomes,” said Daniel O’Day Head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. “This new test will aid infection control programs, and ultimately result in better patient care.”
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by MRSA have recently become an important issue for healthcare facilities worldwide due to high rates of infection, mortality, and high costs of treatment. In addition, community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) has spread in the past few years, feeding the pipeline of infection in hospitals, and underscoring the need for comprehensive infection control programs.
The LightCycler(R) MRSA Advanced Test is performed on Roche’s LightCycler(R) 2.0 Instrument with nasal swab specimens from patients suspected of colonization, using Roche’s patented real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology. Provided in a convenient, ready-to-use format, and designed for flexible batch sizes, the LightCycler(R) MRSA Advanced Test ensures safety and productivity of laboratory staff, flexible throughput, and accurate and reliable results.
About methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for many serious infections and is one of the most frequently isolated bacteria from patients with healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Estimates suggest that 4 million HAIs and 37,000 deaths are attributable to these infections each year in the EU, and that 1 out of 10 patients in an EU hospital acquires an HAI. Antimicrobial resistance and HAIs, either combined or separately, constitute a major infectious disease problem in the EU, and show signs of becoming more prevalent in the future.(i) MRSA infections are a tremendous burden for healthcare systems and hospitals and are associated with significant healthcare costs. In 2004, the United Kingdom National Audit Office estimated that infections such as MRSA kill 5,000 people each year in the UK and hospital-associated infections cost the National Health Service around
About the LightCycler(R) System
With more than 6,600 LightCycler(R) Instruments in the market today, the LightCycler(R) System is among the most widely utilized real-time amplification systems available. The LightCycler(R) 2.0 Instrument was the first system to introduce hybridization probes, true melting curve analysis, automated absolute quantification, and relative quantification with efficiency correction. Combining the power of the LightCycler(R) 2.0 Instrument with the simple, flexible, and reliable design of the LightCycler(R) MRSA Advanced Test provides a powerful tool to support healthcare institutions in their fight against MRSA.
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(i.) The First European Communicable Disease Epidemiological Report, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control,
(ii.) Improving patient care by reducing the risk of hospital Acquired infection: A progress report. REPORT BY THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL. HC 876 Session 2003-2004:
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