MRSA is the most common identifiable cause of skin and soft-tissue infection among patients presenting to emergency departments. When antimicrobial therapy is indicated for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections, clinicians should consider obtaining cultures and modifying empirical therapy to provide MRSA coverage.”
New England Journal of Medicine, August 2006
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 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
- Cepheid - The Molecular Diagnostics Leader
- Catalog #: GXMRSASA-SSTI-10
Xpert MRSA/SA SSTI
Number of Tests: 10
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