Executive Summary
In 2017, Texas reported the fourth-highest rate of congenital syphilis cases in 2017.[i] To help combat these rising rates, Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas switched to the reverse algorithm model and the Elecsys® Syphilis assay to expedite accurate results, support better patient care and reduce hands-on tech time.
These changes greatly benefited the medical center’s patients, staff and community — particularly as it identified 57 positive patients between October 2018 and July 2019 who would not have been detected using the traditional algorithm.

[i]Texas Department of State Health Services. (2017). “Congenital Syphilis in Texas.” https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwiKp42bycblAhVDUt8KHYcPCUUQFj AAegQIBBAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dshs.state.tx.us%2Fhivstd%2Finfo%2Fedmat%2FCongenitalSyphilis.pdf&usg=AOvVaw01syKyz05RMZLh-CRJHFhF (accessed October 31, 2019).

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