Because precision is important.

TEN Healthcare is quickly becoming the new gold standard in pathogen identification. TEN utilizes real-time PCR technology. This allows for: 

  • Greater sensitivity than culture
  • 12-24 hours turnaround time
  • Viable specimen is NOT required, NOT affected by temperature, and NO transport medium is required

Because your clinical needs are the priority.

Complications of Treatment:

  • Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people acquire infections with bacteria that are resistant to one of more of the antibiotics designed to treat those infections. At least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result from these antibiotic-resistant infections. Many more die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infections.
  • In addition, almost 20,000 people each year require hospital care for Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections. In most of these infections, the use of antibiotics was a major contributing factor leading to the illness. At least 14,000 people die each year in the United States from C. difficile infections. Many of those infections could have been prevented. 
  • The use of antibiotics is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR leading to antibiotic resistance around the world.
  • Antibiotics are among the MOST COMMONLY PRESCRIBED DRUG in human medicine.
  • Up to 50% of all antibiotics prescribed for people ARE NOTE NEEDED or are not optimally effective as prescribed. 

Why Test

  • TEN Healthcare utilizes Real-Time PCR via Quantstudio technology to precisely identify pathogens by their RNA or DNA sequence. 
  • PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a molecular technique that was used to sequence the 1st human genome. 
  • Many advancements in the PCR technology since then that has made it efficient and affordable.
  • Quickly becoming the new gold standard in pathogen identification.
  • Molecular testing for pathogen identification can replace the conventional method of culture and sensitivity. 
  • The differences in techniques:
    • Culture & Sensitivity requires sending a viable sample to a microbiology lab that is set in an agar medium and incubated to promote growth of the bacteria. 
    • Molecular testing via PCR requires sending a sample to a molecular lab where the DNA or RNA of the pathogen is extracted and amplified. 
SensitivityFair3-5x greater sensitivity than culture
Turn-Around-Time2-5 days after lab arrival (bacteria growth rate dependent)12-24 hours after lab arrival
Vulnerability to TransportViable specimen needed; sensitive to temperatures and drying; needs special transport mediumViable specimen NOT required; not affected by temperatures; no transport medium required
Strain TypingRequires 2nd stepOften incorporated in initial

TEN Healthcare Molecular Testing Advantages

  • Rapid & accurate diagnosis
  • Noninvasive collection (swab) 
  • Detection of multiple pathogens at once
  • Sensitivity unaffected by concomitant antibiotic use
  • Reduce unnecessary antibiotic administration, adverse events and costs
  • Decrease the spread of acquired infections
  • Ability to test for antibiotic resistance genes