Microbiology Platforms

November 2020 - Vol. 9 No. 10 - Page #19

Much deserved attention is being paid to infection control and emergency management this year, and this places microbiology squarely on the forefront. Infection prevention and control, as well as antimicrobial stewardship, depend on precise, accurate, and rapid identification of pathogens and other organisms. Whether the clinical microbiology laboratory uses a system of individual specimen processors or opts for total laboratory automation, the clinical utility of microbiology is expanding, requiring more comprehensive and automated solutions. Clinical microbiology continues to transition toward automating traditionally manual processes, and once esoteric technologies are now being adopted in community hospital laboratories.

The use of microbiology platforms surged this year, eclipsing the previous high water mark set in 2016.

Use of microbiology platforms grew in almost every size category this year, with particularly notable growth in the smallest and largest facilities.

Led by bioMérieux, Cepheid, BD, and Beckman Coulter, most facilities utilize multiple microbiology platforms to accommodate their needs.




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