AIIMS brings ultra-modern device to save Severe Acute Respir
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AIIMS Nagpur has procured the Biofire FilmArray Torch, a state-of-the-art multiplex assay which detects 22 respiratory pathogens responsible for causing Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI).

In the Covid-19 pandemic, about 30% of the cases have been detected with SARI in Maharashtra. At present, this equipment is only available at AIIMS, Nagpur, in the entire state.

Dr Meena Mishra, professor and head of microbiology department of AIIMS, told TOI, "this device is capable of detecting 22 respiratory pathogens, including virus and bacteria."

"Moreover, it detects whether the SARI-causing bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics. In short, doctors would be able to prescribe the exact medicines suitable for the SARI patient and save his life,” she said.

The test sample for BioFire assay is a Nasopharyngeal swab collected in VTM (Viral Transport Media) which is same as the test sample collected for Covid-19 testing and reports can be available in less than one hour.

Source:https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/medical-devices/aiims-brings-ultra-modern-device-to-save-sari-patients/76799554
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