Thread’s approach to healthcare meets the requirements of the twenty first century. Thread integrates technology from various scientific disciplines to develop devices that solve problems preventing efficient healthcare delivery. Thread has developed CultureStat, a Point Of Care rapid test to improve testing for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI’s), and The SentiLiter Measuring and Monitoring System for patient fluid Intake and Output (I’s & O’s).
CultureStat combines spectrophotometry with computer science and biochemistry to indicate the absence or presence of log phase bacterial growth of organisms responsible for causing UTI. The test results are provided quickly and are reliable. The test is completely automated and does not require any special training or skills to perform. The results are displayed on the CultureStat Reader and can also be accessed via a mobile app.
Thread’s technology integrates with biological science resulting in a different approach to in-situ testing using a broth culture technique. The test results are produced in under 90 minutes rather than several days required for a typical agar plate culture.
CultureStat can assist the effort to address a serious health concern threatening today’s global population. The rise of antimicrobial resistant bacteria is recognized by domestic and international health monitoring organizations as one of the greatest global public health concerns currently being faced. Urinary Tract Infection is the one of the leading diseases for the prescription of antibiotics.
The ability to differentiate lag vs log phase bacterial growth sets CultureStat’s technology apart from current bacterial testing methods. CultureStat enhances the Physician/Patient relationship, is a valuable front line tool in the battle against antimicrobial resistant “super bugs” and reduces healthcare costs. These super bug bacteria have mutated and adapted as a result of various contributing factors.
Incorrect diagnosis due to inaccurate test results is the leading cause of improperly prescribed antimicrobial prescriptions contributing to antimicrobial resistance.
Urine sent to a lab is rarely tested within recommend guidelines for testing fresh urine (within 2 hours of collection).
Other test methods such as reactive treated strips and dipsticks are rapid but are subjective and have extremely low accuracy levels for use in UTI diagnosis. Strips and dipsticks only react to byproducts of the biological process of the bacteria and human body’s interaction with it.
Many potential variables impact the test result. Even if measures are taken to mitigate the skewing of test results as a result of subjectivity or pitfalls in the underlying technology, the time constraints or inaccuracy of other tests and inability to determine lag vs log phase bacterial growth contributes to the super bug crisis.
CultureStat rapid bacteriuria test gives Providers an accurate diagnosis in less time while promoting antimicrobial stewardship and reducing healthcare cost.
At Thread Bioscience we share the same passion for microbiology and discovery as Antony van Leeuwenhoek, considered by many to be the founding father of microbiology. Are you curious about why we named the company Thread Bioscience? Read about Antony van Leeuwenhoek, and find out.