The 13th of September marks World Sepsis Day. World Sepsis Day should help to raise awareness of the most deadliest infectious disease of our times. The progression of sepsis - or blood poisoning - is very quick. A person's condition can become life threatening in just a few hours. The incidence of sepsis is on the rise and is driven by an aging population, advances in medicine and the antibiotic crisis.
Clinicians still struggle with diagnosing sepsis early. Only an early diagnosis allows for early targeted treatment and hence reducing high mortality, a number of complications and significant costs. Today, blood culture is the method used to diagnose the causative pathogen, and it normally takes around 48 hours to get the results. To overcome this limitation, Cube Dx is part of the EU funded HORIZON2020 SMARTDIAGNOS (www.smartdiagnos.eu) project. Aim of the project is to develop a new system to diagnose a wide range of pathogens (bacteria and fungi) and resistance mechanisms in whole blood in just 3 hours.
The new generation of the instrument hyborg Dx RED2 and the newly developed tests to identify sepsis pathogens early are prepared for CE-IVD marking during a performance evaluation.
During the last 3,5 years, ten academic and industrial partners have been working on that objective. During this autumn and until the project ends in January 2020 a performance evaluation in three hospitals is ongoing. If you want to read more about the World Sepsis Day: www.world-sepsis-day.org