Every year, 99,000 people die of a hospital-acquired infection, and staphylococcal bacterial infections represent a significant proportion of those deaths. BactiQuest provides hospitals with an effective weapon in the fight against this enormous social and economic problem.
Drawing on cutting-edge carbon nanotube technology, BactiQuest detects staphylococcal bacterial strains on surfaces and equipment in less than 30 seconds. An infection identified is an infection that can be prevented before it harms a patient.
A simple swipe of a BactiQuest strip draws on the electrical properties of carbon nanotubes to indicate a result, positive or negative, in real time. No special training is required, and identification does not depend on culturing and the hours or days necessary to get a result under conventional lab approaches.
BactiQuest sensors can be permanently implanted on hospital surfaces such as patient tray tables and will continuously transmit signals along existing electric lines to the nurses' station or any other monitoring location.
- BactiQuest has high electrical conductivity, easy integration and fabrication, high mechanical strength, chemical and thermal stability, and small diameter.
- BactiQuest is easy to use: a color change indicates a positive result.
- BactiQuest's real-time results give hospital administrators the opportunity to take immediate preventive action.
Market Potential for BactiQuestTM
- 5,708 U.S. hospitals, which have a total of 945,000 beds
- 17,000 nursing homes, which have 1,800,000 beds