bioMérieux získala schválení 510(k) pro BacT/ALERT® VIRTUO™ - plně automatický hemokultivační systém

06 Duben, 2017

Marcy l’Étoile (Francie) - 6. duben 2017 –  společnost bioMérieux, hlavní lídr na poli in vitro diagnostiky a světový lídr v mikrobiologii oznamují, že přístroj BacT/ALERT® VIRTUO, plně automatický hemokultivační systém získal schválení 510(k) od Amerického úřadu pro kontrolu potravin a léčiv (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). Tento inovativní hemokultivační systém je nyní komerčně dostupný v zemích s CE značením a v USA.

BacT/ALERT® VIRTUO is the first continuously-monitoring blood culture microbial detection system to offer “Load & Go” technology, helping labs to streamline their workflow. Personnel of all skill levels can easily load bottles on the instrument at any time throughout the day or night, enabling prompt incubation and reducing hands-on time. Bottle unloading is fully automated with visual and audible alarms and alerts.

BacT/ALERT® VIRTUO offers powerful proprietary algorithms, high thermal stability and superior optics which enhance blood culture performance for more rapid time to detection. This translates into faster identification of bloodstream infections.

This unrivalled blood culture system further enriches the BacT/ALERT® product line for blood culture. It offers an integrated configuration with scalable incubation capacity from 428 to 1,712 cells and facilitates the management of high volumes of blood cultures.

A unique blood level detection technology measures the blood volume in each blood culture bottle at the time of loading. This feature helps laboratories track and ensure collection of the recommended blood volume in order to be compliant with accreditation and quality guidelines such as CAP1 standards. This is a significant benefit to patient care, since the blood volume collected is a critical factor in detecting bloodstream infections.

We are proud to receive this FDA clearance for BacT/ALERT® VIRTUO, which allows us to enhance our blood culture offer to our U.S. customers”, said François Lacoste, Corporate VP, Clinical Unit at bioMérieux. “This highly automated blood culture solution enables faster detection of pathogens by clinical microbiology laboratories, which is of crucial importance for optimal patient treatment, especially in life-threatening conditions such as bloodstream infections which may progress to severe sepsis.

BacT/ALERT® VIRTUO utilizes the FAN® Plus media which are formulated to optimize antibiotic neutralization with optimal growth performance of microorganisms. These proven blood culture bottles are manufactured at bioMérieux’s facility in Durham (NC) where the Company recently invested in an additional blood culture bottle production line.

With BacT/ALERT® VIRTUO, VITEK® and FilmArray®, bioMérieux offers state-of-the-art integrated microbiology solutions that streamline lab workflow and enhance efficiency. These integrated solutions provide faster, reliable and actionable results to clinicians, leading to improved patient care.


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