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Accelerate Diagnostics: Accelerate Arc Module and BC Kit

Accelerate Diagnostics has launched the Accelerate Arc system comprised of the Arc Module and BC Kit for automated microbial identification following positive blood cultures.

The Accelerate Arc Module, designed for labs with MALDI microbial identification systems, applies in-line centrifugal and sample preparation techniques to provide a suspension of cleaned and concentrated microbial cells. With the blood culture (BC) kit, these techniques allow for the direct transfer of the prepared sample to a MALDI spotting plate.

The workflow eliminates the need for batching multiple specimen tests, cutting hours from obtaining microbial ID results for positive blood cultures. The Accelerate Arc system also eliminates the need for overnight culture incubation for current MALDI users, while reducing the likelihood of cross reactivity and potential false-positive results that come with rapid, multi-targeted molecular tests, Accelerate said.