Advantages of the BioFire GI Panel
The BioFire GI Panel is a multiplex PCR test that identifies 22 common gastrointestinal pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites—all in one test, from one patient sample, with results in about an hour. This syndromic testing approach can provide benefits for laboratories, clinicians, and patients.
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. It detects more pathogens than traditional testing, with a detection rate of 39.7% in patients with gastroenteritis, 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 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
For clinicians, PCR testing with the BioFire GI Panel offers fast answers for informed therapy decisions. Compared with traditional testing 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 and less antibiotics prescribed in another study.4,5
Patients may 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 reduced lengths 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.