VIDAS® B.R.A.H.M.S PCT™
A specific marker of severe bacterial infection and sepsis
Fully adapted for emergency conditions, VIDAS® B.R.A.H.M.S. PCT™ aids physicians in making rational clinical decisions and allows optimized patient management. Results are available in only 20 minutes.
Procalcitonin has been demonstrated to:
Help assess the severity and prognosis of an infection
Support early diagnosis of sepsis
Procalcitonin (PCT) helps differentiate bacterial from viral infections, the early detection of an elevated PCT level in patients with suspected bacterial infections enabling earlier antibiotic treatment. PCT also supports informed decisions on when to continue or stop antibiotics, improving patient care and decreasing antibiotic misuse and resistance.
VIDAS® B.R.A.H.M.S PCT™ is an automated test for the determination of procalcitonin (PCT) in human serum or plasma.
Early Diagnosis and MonitoringTOP
Early and highly specific marker for severe bacterial infection
Procalcitonin (PCT) is detected in the blood stream within 3 to 6 hours after an infectious challenge. It is upregulated in response to bacterial but not viral infections. The marker’s level rises with increasing severity of infection, and returns to normal as the infection resolves.
Useful tool to monitor treatment efficacy
PCT has a half-life of 24 hours. In adults, levels decrease daily by around 50% if the bacterial infection is controlled by the immune system supported by effective antibiotic therapy. Non-decreasing levels may point to treatment failure.