Enabling caregivers to fight fast-moving infections and emerging antimicrobial resistance
Conventional antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) may be the slowest diagnostic in healthcare today. Physicians wait days to receive verification of the right treatment for an unidentified infection, in the meantime making an educated guess on which antibiotic to prescribe. In the worst cases, a wrong guess determines life or death: every additional hour delaying treatment with an effective antibiotic translates to nearly 8% higher mortality rate from sepsis. In everyday cases, slow AST incentivizes physicians to over-prescribe: in the U.S. half of antibiotic prescriptions are incorrect. Every wrong prescription is a chance to breed antibiotic resistance.