Benefits for the Lab
In the lab, the BioFire GI Panel can help save technician time and streamline workflow. The BioFire GI Panel is easy to perform and requires only two minutes of hands-on time, returning results in about an hour. This multiplex PCR test has shown a higher detection rate of at least one pathogen when compared with traditional methods (48.2% vs 16.7%), according to a systematic review and metanalysis considering 14 studies.2 With faster and more comprehensive GI pathogen panel results, the BioFire GI Panel may result in fewer additional test orders. In fact, compared with traditional stool culture testing methods, one study demonstrated the BioFire GI Panel has been shown to decrease the average number of additional stool tests from three to about one.3
Benefits for Clinicians
For clinicians, multiplex PCR testing with the BioFire GI Panel offers fast answers for informed therapy decisions. Compared with traditional stool culture methods, the BioFire GI Panel has been shown to reduce the average time to result by 84%.3 Furthermore, syndromic testing with the BioFire GI Panel demonstrated more targeted therapy in one study (compared with stool culture) and less antibiotics prescribed in another study (compared with conventional stool tests).4,5
Benefits for Patients
Patients also see the benefits of fast, comprehensive results from the BioFire GI Panel. They may receive appropriate treatment sooner, and when results are known at the time of discharge, they may have a reduced length of stay.3 Additionally, they may undergo fewer diagnostic tests like endoscopies and abdominal imaging.5 The BioFire GI Panel may also give them the peace of mind of knowing what is causing their illness.