SARS-CoV2 Ba.5

Much of the US is experiencing a sustained resurgence of the SARS-CoV2 virus that has lasted for the last 6 weeks and is showing no signs of letting up. The last few weeks have been dominated by two highly infectious sub-variants of the fast-moving Omicron version of the SARS-CoV2 virus called the Ba.4 and Ba.5. […]

Molecular Diagnosis of Wound Infections

Problem Chronic, non-healing wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous stasis ulcers are often infected with a polymicrobial biofilm Traditional microbiology culture fails to identify components of the biofilm Anerobic bacteria and gram negative bacteria are underrepresented in complicated wounds using traditional culture methods Low abundance organisms are difficult to grow from a complex […]

Molecular Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infections

Do you see negative urine culture results in patient’s with an obvious infection? Do you get culture reports described as a mixed flora? Problem Urinary tract infections are the most commonly diagnosed infection accounting for over 10 million visits per year Up to 25% of the time, traditional microbiology results are incorrect or incomplete Culture […]

SARS-CoV2 Testing Athletic Programs

SARS-CoV2 Testing Athletic Programs Need Athletes are more vulnerable to infection from SARS-CoV2 when engaged in vigorous play8 Increased inspiratory volume causes virus to reach vulnerable components of lungs Increased expectoration of respiratory secretions within close proximity increased likelihood of transmission of virus PCR Analysis of Acute Infections Testing to identify acute infection by identification […]

SARS-CoV2 Testing in Long Term Care Centers

Nursing Home populations are at high risk for infection and seri- ous illness including death from COVID-19. The only approved test for identification of those in the acute phase of infection is the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rt-PCR). Key Highlights of Long–Term Care SARS–CoV2 Program • Facility wide testing of all residents should be considered […]

Nail Fungus

Nail Fungus Incidence of onychomycosis is on the increase Treatment depends upon accurate organism identification PCR technology allows clinicians to promptly identify causative agents and initiate targeted therapy Compass Lab Services offers rapid turn-around time with a panel designed to correctly identify dermatophytes, molds and yeast

Molecular Diagnosis of Joint Infections

Problem Infection following arthroplasty can be difficult to diagnose and treat Infection occurs in 1-2% of primary total knee arthroplasty and 3-5% of revisions Management of infected arthroplasty’s are complex, expensive and often require additional surgical intervention with prolonged hospital admission Septic arthritis of native joints is on the rise as population ages Recent studies […]