Germs Faster Detection Tool

During this time, the examination of types of germs cause infections as well as bacteria to an antibiotic sensitivity test takes 3-4 days. With the latest medical equipment microbiological examination, detection of bacteria can be done in less than two days, including the sampling and preparation.

Professor of Clinical Microbiology Faculty of Medicine, UI Amin Soebandrio, in Jakarta, Thursday (28/3), said that germ-inhibiting treatment duration of examination of patients, prolong hospitalization, increase the cost of care, the patient can even be life threatening.

Bacterial, fungal, or viral infections can be fatal if it is in the stage of sepsis (blood poisoning). Medical specialist in internal medicine and consultant intensive care Tarumanagara University School of Medicine, Frans J Pangalila, say, every year more than 6 million people worldwide died from sepsis.

"Global Sepsis Alliance report says, every 2-3 minutes there is one person who died from sepsis. Data Asia Ventilation Forum about 3 months ago calls, the death rate from sepsis reaches more than 80 percent, "he said.

According Pangalila, sepsis can occur due to improper use of antibiotics because of the type given by health workers with no laboratory test to determine the type of bacteria. Sepsis can also be triggered by the use of antibiotics dose not fit or is not spent.

Amin who is also Advisor to the Minister of Research and Technology in the Health Sector and Drug Administration said there are now Vitek 2 Compact can identify the type of bacteria and antibiotic susceptibility test in 4 hours. The Vitek Mass spectrophotometry able to detect the type of bacteria in 2 minutes.

Although very fast, calculated by sampling time, either blood, urine, or feces, it takes a total of less than 2 days. Germs of the sample must be cultured in a medium to form colonies to be identified. "Both devices should be used simultaneously," he said.

Antibiotic sensitivity detection is important in Indonesia given the high level of antibiotic resistance. Besides triggered indiscriminate use of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance can also be triggered by exposure to various chemicals in nature.

To avoid antibiotic resistance, Amin warned the public and health workers that is not easy to consume and give antibiotics. A number of bacteria causing the infection itself can die within a few days without the need to take medication. Even if giving antibiotics, must go through laboratory tests to match the type of germs and measuring fitting.