1. What do you consider as the best attribute of the BD Bactec FX40 instrument?
What I love about the BD Bactec FX40 is its Short Turnaround Time (STAT). In less than 2 hours the BD Bactec FX40 can flag a blood culture as positive! Before the FX40, it would take a minimum of 48 hours to have a preliminary report. At God’s Grace Diagnostics, we then transfer the positive blood culture into the BD Phoenix M50.
The BD Phoenix M50 automatically isolates and identifies each organism to the species level. It also conducts qualitative susceptibility tests. We (God’s Grace diagnostics) are one of the few centres in the Eastern region of the country which have the BD Phoenix M50 instrument. At God’s Grace diagnostics, we prioritize the use of ISO certified instruments to ensure accurate, reliable and precise diagnosis at all times.
2. What would you term as the key advantages of the BD Bactec FX40 and BD Phoenix M50
What I love about the BD Bactec FX40 is its Swift Turn around time. In less than 2 hours the BD Bactec FX40 can flag a blood culture as positive! Before the FX40, it would take a minimum of 48 hours to have a preliminary report. GGD puts the positive blood culture into the M50 and in 14-16 hours, we can identify the causative organism. A process that would have taken us another 48-72 hours. We at the lab are in love with these 2 devices.
Apart from doing the susceptibility test, the M50 also advises the clinician on the type of antibiotic to use. It is an interesting instrument that is essential to have in every facility to aid patient recovery.
Many times, we are sent samples belonging to patients who are in a comma. We are able to return the test results in 48 hours, providing the doctor with the relevant information he needs to manage the patient properly and speedily. This is a constant source of joy to us. We desire to do more.
3. What are the next steps for your laboratory and how can ISN help you achieve them?
We are very interested in quality. We plan to achieve this quality by harnessing the latest innovations in medical diagnostics. God’s Grace Diagnostics will move on to achieve ISO certification, launch paternity testing in Umuahia and commence viral load diagnosis. We are also having discussions around imaging; ECG, ultrasound, digital X-Ray, CT-Scan and MRI. We have received ISN’s commitment to partner with us to achieve these goals look forward to your support.
4. In conclusion, how have you enjoyed your partnership with ISN? GGD’s partnership with ISN is transcendent and incomparable with our other partners. We are willing to do more because of the quality of service that we have experienced.
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