B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct

Whole blood Procalcitonin (PCT) test at the point of care

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B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct provides reliable PCT results to support an early diagnosis of bacterial infections.


Clinically relevant bacterial infections can rapidly progress to severe sepsis and septic shock if not treated appropriately within a short time.1

Therefore it is important to detect infections as early as possible. Procalcitonin (PCT) is considered a reliable and specific biomarker to aid in the early diagnosis of clinically relevant bacterial infections.2,3


B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct provides reliable PCT test results at the point of care, 24/7, and can aid in:


  • confirming or challenging the initial suspicion of bacterial infection, allowing the identification of patients that benefit from antibiotic treatment4
  • assessing the severity and the prognosis of the outcome of bacterial infection or sepsis4, enabling quick and appropriate patient management5,6



Quick quantitative results any time at the point of care


PCT results in 20 min - available in any clinical department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Step 1

20 µL of capillary or venous whole blood sample

Step 2

Incubation and measurement in B·R·A·H·M·S direct Reader

Step 3

Quantitative test result available in 20 minutes

Step 4

Results printed and transferred via middleware to Lab Information System (LIS)


Reliable in clinical use


B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct results from capillary and venous blood show good agreement with the  B·R·A·H·M·S PCT reference assays.7


The manufacturer of B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct system is B·R·A·H·M·S GmbH. Roche Diagnostics is the exclusive distribution partner for the B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct system.


  1. Kumar, A. et al. (2006). Crit Care Med, 34(6), 1589-96.
  2. Harbarth, S. et al. (2001). Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 164, 396-402.
  3. Schuetz, P. et al. (2019). Clin Chem Lab Med, 57(9): 1308-1318.
  4. B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct Instructions for Use_R8.1
  5. Schuetz, P. et al. (2009). JAMA, 302(10), 1059-1066.
  6. Kutz, A. et al. (2016). Clin Chem Lab Med, 54(4), 577-84.
  7. Velly L. et al. (2019), Critical Care, 23 (Suppl 2):P028.


The results of the B·R·A·H·M·S PCT direct assay should always be evaluated in the context of all laboratory findings and the total clinical evaluation of the patient.