The big picture of rapid blood culture identification

A retrospective clinical analysis building to a prospective clinical trial

During this webinar, Dr. Yvan Caspar will describe in detail two complementary studies performed at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Grenoble Alpes (CHUGA) using the trio of ePlex® Blood Culture Identification Panels for detection of bloodstream infections caused by gram-negative, gram-positive, and fungal pathogens. First, he will discuss the results of a retrospective study that assessed the analytical performance of the ePlex® BCID Panels and the potential clinical outcomes based on these results.


For each positive blood culture included in the study, the patient’s health record was retrospectively reviewed by a clinical team to assess how the rapid detection of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes from positive blood cultures, using the ePlex® BCID Panels, would have potentially changed the management of patients with bloodstream infections.


Dr. Caspar will then highlight initial data that has been collected and analyzed from the HEMOFAST prospective randomized clinical trial, which is a clinical and medico-economic evaluation of the ePlex® BCID Panels for the diagnosis of bacteremia and fungemia compared to conventional microbiology. While the trial was still in progress, preliminary data was presented to provide a glimpse into the benefits of the ePlex® BCID Panels.


As the body of scientific literature for faster identification and management of bloodstream infections grows, the data generated at CHUGA continues to expand the evidence supporting the clinical utility of these technologies. The two studies being showcased in this webinar will provide a big-picture view of how the ePlex® BCID Panels are improving rapid blood culture diagnostics.

What will you learn:

  • Assess the analytical performance of all three of the ePlex® BCID Panels for the rapid identification of gram-negative, gram-positive, and fungal pathogens
  • Describe how the rapid results from the ePlex® BCID Panels could have changed the management of patients with bacteremia or fungemia
  • Examine the results of a randomized clinical trial assessing the medico-economic and clinical evaluation of the ePlex® BCID Panels in patients with bloodstream infections


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Meet the speaker

Using ePlex® BCID Panels for detection of bloodstream infections

Meet the speaker

Yvan Caspar, PhD, PharmD
Yvan Caspar

PhD, PharmD

Yvan Caspar is a clinical microbiologist at the bacteriology laboratory of Grenoble Alpes University Hospital (2,100 beds), which also hosts the French National Reference Center for Francisella.

His main research focuses on Francisella and tularemia, antibiotic resistance and on the development of new therapeutic strategies. He is also interested in innovative rapid diagnosis technologies, in particular, techniques to improve the management of sepsis and antibiotic stewardship.