Detection of Polymicrobial Infections Using T2Bacteria

The patient presented to the emergency department with flu-like symptoms


This case highlights the ability of the T2Bacteria® Panel to provide rapid species identification of causative pathogens in sepsis cases. It examines clinical challenges with current methods, including delayed blood culture growth, as well as polymicrobial infections. A rapid T2Bacteria result could have allowed for more informed treatment decisions, including earlier initiation of antibiotic therapy and earlier admission to the hospital.


Fever of Unknown Origin

The patient admitted to the hospital with COPD exacerbation and respiratory distress


This case highlights how the T2Bacteria Panel can guide treatment by rapidly identifying the causative pathogen in sepsis cases that are missed by blood cultures. Rapid detection of bloodstream infection by T2Bacteria could have allowed for the escalation of effective antibiotic therapy, potentially leading to the prevention of further clinical deterioration.


Possible Pneumonia

The patient presented to the Emergency Department with acute respiratory failure and was admitted to the ICU with orders for blood cultures, T2Bacteria, and empiric antibiotics.


In this case, rapid detection of bloodstream infection by the T2Bacteria Panel could have allowed for more informed treatment decisions, including the continuation of effective antibiotic therapy, which may have led to the prevention of clinical deterioration.


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