This New Three-Minute Sepsis Test Could Save Thousands of Lives
Usually taking up to 72 hours, the new test will take less than three minutes to diagnose sepsis...
A new sepsis test has been created by members of the University of Strathclyde which can accurately diagnose the deadly condition in two-and-a-half-minutes instead of the usual 72 hours.
Through analysing the patient's blood, the microelectrode device works by detecting interleukin-6 (IL-6), one of the protein characteristics of sepsis. The new breakthrough will become available on the NHS in as little as three to five years, helping to save around 14,000 deaths a year.
Currently, diagnosing sepsis is a complicated procedure, looking into the body temperature, heart and breathing rate and range of blood tests. It is also easily confused with flu or a chest infection, making the deadly condition difficult to identify.
Also, taking up for 72 hours, this loses valuable time as every hour without treatment increases the likelihood of death. Therefore, this low-cost test could become one of the biggest scientific discoveries in recent years.
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