IDEXX Pseudalert Test Accepted as Global ISO Standard

IDEXX Pseudalert Test Accepted as Global ISO Standard
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IDEXX Laboratories, the global leader in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced that the IDEXX Pseudalert® method has been published as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) worldwide standard 16266-2 for the 24-hour detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water. P. aeruginosa can cause life-threatening infections in hospitals and a cause of skin, ear, and eye infections from pool and spa water.

Listed under ISO 16266-2:2018, Water Quality—Detection and Enumeration of Pseudomonas aeruginosa–Part 2: Most Probable Number Method, the Pseudalert method detects P. aeruginosa in 24 hours, less than half the time of other commercially available methods. It also has high sensitivity and specificity, requires no confirmation steps, and can be more easily used with water samples that have high levels of background flora. Turnaround time is especially critical in the healthcare and hospitality industries, where receiving test results sooner enables facility managers to act more quickly to clean their water systems and protect the safety of patients and visitors. Faster turnaround time for retesting after remediation also reduces the costs of clinical downtime and closed facilities.

“King’s College Hospital strives to maintain a bacteria-free environment, and part of ensuring a clean facility is regular testing for contaminants including Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” said Paul Balaam, Senior Estates Officer, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, one of London’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals. “The IDEXX Pseudalert method’s acceptance as an ISO standard further validates that we are using the best solution on the market for our testing needs.”

Pseudalert is also included in several European country-specific standards, and was shown to be as accurate as or more accurate than the traditional method in two independent studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

For more information on the IDEXX Pseudalert Test, visit www.idexx.com/water

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IDEXX Pseudalert Test Accepted as Global ISO Standard

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