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New Equipment Brings Cutting Edge Diagnostics Technology to Kearney Regional Medical Center

New Equipment Brings Cutting Edge Diagnostics Technology to Kearney Regional Medical Center

Microbiology Specialist Lora Chandler holds a Cepheid cartridge that will run a real-time lab test on the machine pictured behind Chandler. The machine, called a ” GeneXpert®, is capable of running up to 16 lab tests at one time.

Patients at Kearney Regional Medical Center can now get test results for Flu A, Flu B, RSV, and Strep A, as well as a growing list of healthcare-associated infections, in as little as 5 minutes.

The test will be run on a newly-installed molecular diagnostics instrument called the GeneXpert® System, bringing the precision of advanced genetic testing directly to patients.

By providing accurate test results quickly, the GeneXpert® will give Kearney Regional Medical Center and Platte Valley Medical Group clinicians the information they need to get patients on the right course of treatment quickly, helping to speed recovery times and prevent the spread of disease.

“Our healthcare professionals are committed to delivering the highest standard of patient care, including the best possible patient experience and the GeneXpert® System further strengthens our ability to deliver both,” said Corlis Kozera, Lab Manager at Kearney Regional Medical Center.  “Faster test results for serious infections means patients will not only get treated faster, but fewer patients will be put into isolation rooms unnecessarily.”

Manufactured by Cepheid, the GeneXpert® System is the most popular molecular diagnostics instrument in the world, capable of testing for a variety of healthcare-associated infections, sexual health diseases, and critical infectious diseases.

“A rapid diagnosis is often critical for the optimal treatment and management of a variety of infections, in many cases enabling life-saving same-day treatment,” said David H. Persing, M.D., Ph.D., Cepheid’s Chief Medical and Technology Officer. “The fast and accurate diagnoses provided by the Cepheid GeneXpert® system can result in a dramatic improvement in the number of patients who get the right therapy at the right time. Avoiding unnecessary antibiotic therapy can help to stem the spread of antimicrobial resistance around the globe.”

By automating complex and time-consuming manual procedures, the GeneXpert® System allows institutions of any size to perform sophisticated genetic testing for organisms and genetic-based diseases. Additionally, Cepheid’s CLIA-waived tests and GeneXpert® Systems make the same advanced testing technology available outside of the lab, for physician offices and clinics.

The GeneXpert® System is also capable of running multiple, different tests at the same time, which will allow Kearney Regional Medical Center to expand its testing capability in the future.