Fast Identification of Pathogen in the Setting of Pneumonia Using Multiplex PCR
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Last updated:16th May 2013
With this study the investigators want to determine, if a fast identification of germs, causing infections of the lower respiratory tract, is possible through the use of Multiplex PCR technology - a method that allows on time detection of bacteria in medical specimen by identifying DNA sequences that are known to be specific for the respective microbe. Therefore aspiration samples from the respiratory tracts of ventilated patients, which are suspected to develop such an infection, will be collected and analyzed by using a multiplex PCR (polymerase chain reaction) application situated on the intensive care unit. The investigators want to determine if Multiplex PCR diagnostic could be a faster alternative to conventional microbiological methods. The results of the Multiplex PCR analyses therefore will be compared with results of conventional microbiological methods.
|Study start date||2013-05-16|