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Wound and Skin

An infected wound is a localized defect or excavation of the skin or underlying soft tissue in which pathogenic organisms have invaded into viable tissue surrounding the wound. Infection of the wound often triggers the body’s immune response, causing inflammation and tissue damage, as well as slowing the healing process. It is essential to establish timely and accurate testing on wounds in order to identify the source and treatment of the infection. AIM Labs has developed a Wound and Skin testing panel that covers a range of the most common infections.

Skin is the body’s first line of defense, and wound infections can interfere with the healing process and can create additional tissue damage. Patients with with underlying conditions are especially vulnerable for these types of infections, resulting in slower wound healing and greater risk of wound infections. Some of those conditions include:

  •  Poor blood circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Weakened/suppressed immune system
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Organ transplant recipient
  • Low mobility or immobility
  • Malnutrition
Benefits of AIM Laboratories’ Wound Testing Menu

AIM Laboratories utilizes molecular genetic tests with TaqMan probe-based fluorescent- Real-Time PCR to detect the presence or absence of specific pathogens. If any tested pathogens are present in a patient sample, we will perform a reflex antibiotic resistance test (ABR, 44 different antibiotic resistance genes). We provide the results within 24 hours after receipt of the sample. The ABR program provides medical providers with antibiotic treatment options based on specific pathogens.

AIM Labs’ Wound and Skin Infections DNA-based PCR test has many benefits, including:

  • Highest sensitivity and specificity test available
  • Definitive diagnosis enables effective therapy decisions
  • Next day test results to drive faster patient care
  • Simple skin scraping or wound swabs collection technique
  • Wound/skin infections (43 pathogens: 34 bacteria, 4 yeasts, and 5 fungi).

DNA-Based PCR Is Better

DNA-based PCR Testing for Wounds VS. Traditional Culture, Biochemical Tests
DNA-based PCR Testing for Wounds
  • Genetic-based tests (Polymerase chain Reaction, PCR)
  • Specific, sensitive and rapid (<24h TAT)
  • Most, if not all, pathogens can be assayed at one time.
  • Accurately identify resistance genes and therefore can prescribe correct medicine.
  • Pathogens in biofilm can be identified. PCR is clinically approved.
Traditional Culture, Biochemical Tests
  • Culture/Biochemical/microscopic-based tests
  • Ambiguity: requires additional tests
  • Some pathogens require more time to culture and some may not be culturable.
  • Mutations may occur in microbes during in- vitro culture, which may mislead pathogen antibiotic resistance.
  • Microbes are able to form biofilms which
  • makes it difficult to identify an antibiotic sensitivity.