Resistance to antifungal medication is becoming an important clinical problem, which threatens to undo many of the health advances of the last 50 years. In the last 20 years, there has been little change in how clinicians diagnose fungal infections.

In the developing world, diagnostic tests for fungal diseases are often not done or not available. Doctors therefore treat blind, if at all, leading to high infection rates. This has led to inappropriate prescribing of antifungal medication and increased medical costs. New strategies are desperately required to better treat and diagnose life-threatening fungal infections. The fungal pathogens that pose the most risk are Candida, Aspergillus, Pneumocystis and Cryptococcus spp.

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A diagnostic-led approach

OLM Diagnostics rapid diagnostic kits are inexpensive and require no additional equipment. OLM is providing doctors with the tools to reduce the number of antimicrobials used to slow down antimicrobial resistance.

OLM is at the forefront of rapid fungal diagnostic testing set to become mainstream clinical diagnostic practice in hospitals worldwide.

OLM Diagnostics is acting to address the threat of antifungal resistance and is discovering and developing a new diagnostic-led approach to tackling fungal infections. OLM research and development drives its focus; to reinforce its reputation as a trusted healthcare partner and to enhance patient health outcomes. Clinicians can have confidence in the sensitivity and specificity of OLM tests – to correctly identify true positive and true negative cases.

The benefits of OLM tests

OLM tests are inexpensive and require no additional laboratory equipment. They offer potential cost savings for hospitals; avoiding unnecessary prescriptions and higher costs associated with treating resistant infections. Some of these benefits include:

• A reduced rate of drug resistant infections

• Preservation of existing antifungal medication

• Improvement to patient care through appropriate prescribing

• Potential cost savings to healthcare institutions

• No extra costs or equipment required to run the diagnostic tests. Lab equipment already in place e.g. a PCR machine