Invasive Candida infections are associated with a high mortality rate. Early diagnosis of invasive candidiasis (a serious Candida infection in the blood or internal organs) is critical in order to initiate antifungal treatment promptly.
Reduction in sepsis mortality is directly dependent on early identification and rapid initiation of appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Fast and accurate diagnosis may also shorten the length of a hospital stay and potentially help reduce the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria.
“The thing about sepsis, that I can tell you from living experience, is that it’s super-fast,” said Clawson. “When you get sepsis, it’s a downhill turn and turning it back around is not something that’s easy to do.”