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Clinical Background

Healthcare professionals are continually challenged with the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic wounds. Delays in healing are usually multi-factorial and require a systematic approach beginning with the accurate detection of infectious agents. Conventional

culture techniques are limited in being able to produce the growth of certain pathogens and leaves the provider with uncertainty. NCF Diagnostics is redefining the approach to pathogen identification in wounds with the development of six different specialized panels that can detect up to 46 pathogens at once per wound type. This level of specification combined with the most advanced technology is the first step to achieving successful wound healing.


NCF Diagnostics utilizes Real-Time PCR for pathogen identification, quantification & 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. PCR is 3-5X more sensitive than conventional culture techniques and allows NCF to report both pathogen identification and antibiotic resistance results within 12-24 hours of specimen arrival at the lab.

Clinical Advantages

-Provides an Accurate Diagnosis within 24 hours

-Detects Polymicrobial Infections at Once

-Provides Qualitative and Quantitative Bacterial Load Analyses

-Unaffected By Concurrent Antibiotic Use

-Detects Pathogens that May Not Be Detectable by Culture

-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