Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital has taken respiratory infection testing to the next level with the introduction of the BioFire® Respiratory 2.1 Panel. This easy-to-use tool is fast and accurate, using one comprehensive test to help quickly diagnose COVID-19, influenza, RSV and many other respiratory pathogens.
The typical symptoms of a respiratory infection can be caused by many viruses and bacteria, and traditional diagnostic methods limit testing to a narrowly defined group. The BioFire® system use one test that simultaneously targeting multiple pathogens with overlapping symptoms. Fast, accurate results help reduce guesswork, eliminate unnecessary testing and enable better-informed diagnosis and treatment of patients.
The BioFire® respiratory panels have been shown to reduce ICU days from 9.2 days to 6.2 days per ICU visit1 and duration of antibiotic use from 3.2 days to 2.7 days2, as well as lowering the need for chest radiographs in children3. The BioFire® system also can help identify co-infection between COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.
The BioFire® Respiratory 2.1 Panel targets:
● Coronavirus HKU1
● Coronavirus NL63
● Coronavirus 229E
● Coronavirus OC43
● Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
● Human Metapneumovirus
● Human Rhinovirus/Enterovirus
● Influenza A
● Influenza A/H1
● Influenza A/H3
● Influenza A/H1-2009
● Influenza B
● Parainfluenza Virus 1
● Parainfluenza Virus 2
● Parainfluenza Virus 3
● Parainfluenza Virus 4
● Respiratory Syncytial Virus
● Bordetella parapertussis
● Bordetella pertussis
● Chlamydia pneumoniae
● Mycoplasma pneumoniae
Easy, accurate testing from BioFire® gives healthcare providers actionable information in a timely manner, empowering them to make vital decisions regarding admission, isolation and additional diagnostic testing. By delivering accurate results quickly, the BioFire® system can improve patient care, increase patient satisfaction and make our community a healthier place.
Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital staff takes tremendous pride in offering the best care possible to every member of this community. Established in 1928, the hospital continues earning distinctions and making a positive difference. Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital is the only Level III Trauma Center in Deep East Texas. In addition, the Breast Care Center’s Mammography Facility is accredited by The American College of Radiology and the Cecil R. Bomar Rehabilitation Center is an internationally accredited Center of Excellence for Rehab. For more information, visit nacmem.org.
1 Martinez R, et al. Clinical Virology Symposium, Poster #C-368, May 2016.
2 Rogers B, et al. Arch. Path. & Lab. Med. 2015;139(5): 636-41.
3 Subramony A, et al. 2016 Jun;173:196-201.e2.