Southwest Labs sets the pace for industry-leading infectious disease laboratory operations through unparalleled turnaround time, yielding insights that mobilize accurate clinical decisions.
PCR detects what culture misses. Stop waiting for labs to culture fastidious and slow growth pathogens, and get the answers you need. What pathogens could you be missing by ordering culture and sensitivity testing instead of PCR testing for your patients?
- Number of visits to physician offices with infectious and parasitic diseases as the primary diagnosis: 15.5 million
- Number of emergency department visits with infectious and parasitic diseases as the primary diagnosis: 3.4 million.
- Cost of drug resistant infections to the U.S. healthcare system annually: $21-$34 billion
Southwest Labs PCR testing identifies what culture misses, particularly fastidious organisms – the pathogens that are especially difficult, if not impossible, to culture.
|Southwest Labs||Traditional Culture|
|TAT||Results within 48 hours*||Results can take an average of 3-14 days|
|Accuracy||~ 99% Sensitivity and Specificity, for all present pathogens, including co-infections||Typically only detects the primary pathogen|
|Detection||Rapid detection of fastidious organisms such as fungi, anaerobes and resistance genes||Extended incubation time for fungi and anaerobes. Potential for “mixed flora” and no specificity of pathogens|
|Antibiotics||Less susceptible to antibiotic use||Is affected by antibiotic use|
To curtail the cost of treating resistant infections repeatedly, Southwest Labs provides a personalized, Antibiogram, which provides antibiotic resistance gene detection and lists potential antibiotic efficacy.
With a turn around time within 48 hours of sample receipt, our technological advances in PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) testing reshape patient care by mobilizing faster clinical decisions and helping providers treat patients quickly and accurately.