Sepsis is life threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection.5,6,7 Sepsis and septic shock are major healthcare problems, with more than 1 in 1000 people in developed countries suffering from sepsis each year.8 Early identification and appropriate management in the initial hours after sepsis develops improves outcomes.9
Elecsys® BRAHMS PCT helps sepsis patient management by providing valuable data about the source of a suspected infection, disease severity & progression, and response to treatment.
PCT levels increase as sepsis progresses and severity increases, allowing the differentiation of patients with SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock. PCT is a biomarker with high specificity for an inflammatory response to a bacterial infection. PCT concentrations in the blood can aid clinicians in the detection of clinically relevant bacterial infections. PCT is considered a prognostic marker to support outcome prediction in sepsis patients. PCT can be used for decision of antibiotic treatment necessity and to monitor treatment success in LRTI.1, 2, 3, 4