Meningitis: Antibiotics or not?
One of the major sources to illness and death is still severe infections. Rapid point-of-care solutions are necessary for proper diagnosis on time but also, in a global perspective, to reduce unnecessary antibiotic treatment in the striving for minimizing antibiotic resistance.
Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency and needs treatment without delay. Although vaccines against some causes of meningitis has reduced the number of cases, bacterial meningitis is still an important cause of mortality and morbidity among children and adults worldwide. Clinical research shows the additional benefits of Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) analysis in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for early detection of bacterial meningitis. Calmark is working in own laboratory and in research collaborations to launch the first in-vitro diagnostic solution for LDH analysis in CSF to be used directly at the point-of-care when the lumbar puncture is performed.