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Clinical Background

Urinary Tract Infections are one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses in older adults and the #1 reason antibiotics are prescribed in Long Term Care Facilities. Given over 70% of UTIs have been caused by E. coli in the past, it has been considered an infection that is easy to target and treat. However, the development of MDROs (Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms) has complicated the clinical diagnosis and the ease of just following prior evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment no longer exists. Advanced diagnostics are needed to

rapidly and accurately identify the culprit pathogen(s) and rule out the presence of antibiotic resistance. We can no longer assume our first or second-line antibiotics will adequately treat our most common infections.


NCF Diagnostics utilizes Real-Time PCR for pathogen identification, quantification and detection of antibiotic resistance. PCR is a molecular technique performed in a high complexity laboratory and can be used to precisely analyze the genetic material of pathogens. This advanced technology is 3-5X more sensitive than conventional culture & allows NCF to report both pathogen identification and antibiotic resistance testing results within 12-24 hours of specimen arrival at the lab.

Clinical Advantages

-Detects Polymicrobial Infections at Once

-Provides an Accurate Diagnosis within 24 hours

-Unaffected By Concurrent Antibiotic Use

-Decreases the Progression of Infection

-Decreases Additional Unnecessary Diagnostic Testing

-Decreases Healthcare Costs

-Identifies Antibiotic Resistance

-Improves Antibiotic Stewardship

-Reduces Unnecessary Drug Exposure and Adverse Events

-Decreases Patient Risks

-Eliminates Subjectivity and Improves Clinical Confidence

-Improves Patient Satisfaction