Leading scientist highlights the potential of molecular kits for blood culture-based antimicrobial resistance detection

La Vista, NE – Streck, Inc., received great interest for Streck ARM-D® Kits after the workshop it hosted on the detection of antibiotic resistance at ASM Microbe 2018 in Atlanta.

Steve Kelly, Streck Product Manager, Molecular Products, hosted a workshop titled, “Streck ARM-D Kits for molecular detection of antimicrobial resistance in blood culture and swabs.” The presentation showcased Streck ARM-D Kits, which are comprehensive, cost-effective real-time PCR kits that detect the most important β-lactamases for current and emerging threats.

Speaker was Diana R. Hernandez, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Geisinger Health. Her presentation was titled, “Stability testing of positive blood culture extracts with the Streck ARM-D Kits for detection of antimicrobial resistance genes in fresh and banked samples.” Hernandez’s research showed that the Streck ARM-D Kits can be used to determine ESBL- or ampC-mediated resistance from positive blood cultures stored at room temperature for up to 8 hours or frozen for two years. Implications of the study included a combination of rapid ID and Streck ARM-D Kits might have an impact on antimicrobial stewardship, LOS, and other outcome metrics in patients with sepsis by Gram-negative bacteria.

Dr. Hernandez has been the co-director of the center for infectious diseases diagnostics and research at Geisinger Health for the last five years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Sonora in Mexico with a double major in chemistry and biology with a specialty in clinical analyses. She also obtained a master’s degree in nutrition and microbiology at the Research Center in Food and Development in Sonora Mexico, and a Ph.D. in immunobiology and microbiology from the University of Arizona. Since joining Geisinger, she has overseen over 30 projects varying from sample collections, clinical validations, clinical trials for in vitro diagnostic tests, and evidence-based outcome studies.

To listen to the recorded talk, click here.

Streck ARM-D Kits (RUO) are for Research Use Only. Not for Use in Diagnostic Procedures.

About ASM
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About Streck, Inc.
Established in 1971, Streck develops and manufactures hematology, immunology and molecular biology laboratory products. Innovative products include kits for antibiotic resistance detection and a hot-start PCR enzyme. For more information, visit www.streck.com.