New Influenza Testing in Poplar Bluff
pauljarrell

New Influenza Testing in Poplar Bluff

Gamma HealthCare Inc is pleased to announce implementation of an improved test for influenza A and B. The Alere i Influenza A & B assay is a rapid molecular diagnostic test using an isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology for qualitative detection and discrimination of influenza A and B viral RNA. Start date for the new assay is March 1, 2016. Testing is performed on a direct nasal swab from patients with signs and symptoms of respiratory infection. We should see improved sensitivity and specificity over our previous immunochromatographic assay. The specimen is stable for 24 hours at refrigerator temperature. The order code is 10423; INFLUENZA A and B, Alere iNAA. Notes: Nasal swabs provided in the kit or rayon, foam, HydraFlock (standard tip), Copan (standard flocked Swab), or polyester swabs can be used. Schedule specimen collections so that they will arrive at the laboratory in less than 24 hours. Insert Swab into nostril with the most drainage or with the most congestion if drainage is not visible until resistance is met, rotate several times against the nasal wall. Remove swab slowly and return to original packaging, tape and label the original package with patient name, unique identifier, date and time […]

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Preventing Pneumonia
Mike Lambert

Preventing Pneumonia

Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, needlessly affects millions of people worldwide each year. Pneumonia infections can often be prevented and can usually be treated. Globally, pneumonia kills nearly 1 million children younger than 5 years of age each year. This is greater than the number of deaths from any infectious disease, such as HIV infection, malaria or tuberculosis. Pneumonia isn’t just a public health issue in developing countries though. For example, each year in the United States, about 1 million people are hospitalized with pneumonia, and about 50,000 people die from the disease. Most of the hospitalizations and deaths from pneumonia in the United States are in adults rather than in young children. Many of these deaths—both globally and in the United States—are preventable through vaccination and appropriate treatment (like antibiotics and antivirals). New Pneumococcal Recommendations for 2014 CDC now recommends 2 pneumococcal vaccines for adults 65 years or older. You should receive a dose of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) first, followed by a dose of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), ideally 6 to 12 months later. If you’ve already received any doses of PPSV23, the dose of PCV13 should be given […]

1 Dec
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Fecal Occult Blood Screening
Keith Burson

Fecal Occult Blood Screening

Gamma Healthcare Implements Immunoassay Format for Fecal Occult Blood Screening November 24, 2014: The National Institutes of Health reports that colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States 1. The good news is that a complete cure can be achieved with early diagnosis. Often times, colon cancer will have no symptoms but when symptoms are present they may include abdominal pain and tenderness, blood in the stool, diarrhea, narrow stools, or weight loss for no apparent reason 1. Through screening tests such as the fecal occult blood test by immunoassay (iFOBT), colon cancer can be detected prior to the development of many of these symptoms. The fecal occult blood test by immunoassay our laboratory employs will detect small amounts of blood in the stool. More specifically, the immunological based test is designed to detect human hemoglobin in a patient’s stool with few, if any, interfering substances 2. This is in sharp contrast to the conventional guaiac method, which tests for the presence of peroxidase activity in a patient’s stool with results subject to many interfering substances often leading to a false positive or false negative result. Fewer false positive results means fewer interventional […]

1 Dec
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Preventing the Flu
Mike Lambert

Preventing the Flu

CDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting influenza (flu). (1) The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year. (2) There are prescription antiviral drugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women. (3) Everyday preventive actions may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu. Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than […]

1 Dec
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