Numbers Don’t Lie Improved Patient Outcomes through Molecular Testing for UTIs

Posted by Sara Carpenter on Jun 8, 2021 3:50:01 PM
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Eighty-year-old assisted living resident Jim Jones was just admitted to the hospital. New mom Morgan Miles, who celebrated her milestone 30th birthday this week, and 42-year-old bank executive Jose Gonzales just wrapped up appointments with their primary care physicians. So did 56-year-old Jada Chatman, a corporate attorney, and six-year-old Aki Kim, who’s excited to start youth sports next week. 

These five patients at five very different ages and stages in life share a common denominator: their diagnosis of a urinary tract infection (UTI). 

Numbers don’t lie. UTIs account for 10.5 million doctor’s office visits every year and rank as the second most common type of infection in the United States. Older patients are particularly vulnerable to UTIs, which are the most common cause of bacterial infections for residents in long-term care facilities and also account for half of all Medicare hospital admissions. Women are also at high risk, with more than 50 percent of U.S. females suffering from a UTI during their lifetimes.

The Culprit 

Second most common type of infection in the nation. 
10.5 million office visits per year for UTIs. 
Accounts for >50% of Medicare hospital admissions. 
>50% of women in the U.S. get a UTI in their lifetime. 

Caused by bacteria that enters the urethra and infects the urinary tract, UTIs most commonly present as a bladder infection (cystitis). Less common and more serious kidney infections (pyelonephritis) cause the kidneys to swell and can cause permanent – even life-threatening – damage. Chronic pyelonephritis, while rare, more often infects children or adults with urinary obstructions.

A UTI makes itself known. The most common sign of an infection in the urinary tract is the incessant need to urinate and a burning sensation while urinating. The urine itself may be cloudy, strong-smelling or cola-colored, the latter of which indicates blood in the urine. Women may experience pelvic pain, and men may experience rectal pain. More dire symptoms include fever and chills, nausea, fatigue, shakiness and vomiting. Pain in the back or abdomen can indicate the possible spread of infection to the kidneys.

Risks and Symptoms

With bacteria as the culprit, it’s important to connect the dots to determine what puts certain patients at higher risk for infection. These higher risks include:

  • Female anatomy that makes it easier for bacteria to enter the urinary tract
  • Changes in vaginal bacteria caused by menopause or spermicides 
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor hygiene
  • Potty-training children
  • Intimate relations with a new partner
  • Previous UTI 
  • Advanced age that compromises the immune system

Breakthrough Targeted Testing for UTIs

Diax LabsTM offers UTI molecular diagnostics that provide the highest sensitivity and specificity. Unlike conventional culture-based urine testing methods, Diax Labs’ molecular testing:

  • Ensures a higher detection rate by identifying uropathogens
  • Accurately detects 29 different bacteria, 6 fungi, 1 parasite, and 14 markers 
  • Detects slow-growing and difficulty-to-cultivate microorganisms
  • Utilizes polymerase chain reaction for rapid testing results
  • Eliminates the possibility of false negatives from missed organisms in a polymicrobial UTI
  • Reports results within 24 hours of the sample reaching the lab
  • Facilitates efficacious treatment and improved patient outcomes

Here to Assist You

Are you an independent family physician, internal medicine doctor, pediatrician or laboratory marketing professional who sells to these independent physicians? 

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about industry-leading molecular diagnostic testing from Diax LabsTM for UTIs and other bacteria- and fugus-related health issues. For more information or to schedule a virtual presentation, please click Learn More below.

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