Amy Reano, APRN
“With Pathnostics I receive quick, patient specific results and can assure that the patient is being treated with the optimal medication the first time.” Read More
I worked in a family practice clinic as an RN for 6 years with the primary role of collecting urine culture samples and contacting patients with results and medication recommendations from providers. Patients were constantly calling before results had returned because their symptoms were not improving with antibiotics prophylactically. Then 2-5 days later when culture results indicated they have been taking the wrong medication, they were very frustrated.
A few years later as an APRN in the Urology specialty, I had never heard of advanced molecular testing for urine. I cannot say enough great things about Guidance® UTI results. They are faster, more accurate, and allow me to treat my patients with an effective medication choice the first time. Patients are often referred with persistent UTI symptoms, multiple “negative cultures”, and numerous unnecessary courses of antibiotics. One Guidance® UTI test is done and they often have results showing numerous low-growth bacteria, or bacteria not tested on traditional urine cultures, and they can be treated effectively on the first try. This testing is allowing us to provide the best care to our patients, and help fight the epidemic of multidrug resistance by avoiding exposure to unnecessary, ineffective antibiotics.
Kendra Konitzer, PA-C
“I now have a different test, based on different science, to offer my patients instead of the same urine cultures that have failed them numerous times.” Read More
As healthcare providers we know how difficult and challenging treating recurrent UTI patients can be. Urine culture, the “gold standard” in care for testing for urinary tract infection, has limitations among the most frustrating lab result- “mixed flora” or “concern for contaminated specimen.” Many of my recurrent UTI patients have struggled with symptoms with numerous “negative” urine cultures. When patients ultimately get referred to Urology, they feel defeated and hopeless. Approximately 15 months ago I began utilizing Guidance® UTI in my practice. I now have a different test, based on different science, to offer my patients instead of the same urine cultures that have failed them numerous times.
Culture can only grow out certain organisms and since using Guidance® UTI I have been able to capture infection that otherwise simply would not have grown in that media or would not have been completed due to multiple organisms being seen. For nearly all my new recurrent UTI patients, I have begun to utilize Guidance® UTI as my baseline urine test to compare to past urine cultures. At many of my new consultations after discussing this testing, my patients say the finally feel hopeful. As I treat these patient’s moving forward from consultation, I will often alternate urine culture and Guidance® UTI to help guide treatment plan. On multiple occasions, I have seen >3 organisms found by Guidance® UTI.
Not only can I be reassured in finding infection, but I also employ the lab to rule out infectious process in my patients with chronic bladder pain or chronic dysuria. The Guidance® UTI pooled sensitivity allows me to know which specific antibiotic will treat the organism(s) seen with less delay in proper treatment. Even though Guidance® UTI is a send-out lab, it has been well covered for my patients by their insurance with few cases of no coverage. In those instances, the company has worked with my patients to get their bill to a reasonable cost. Having this lab as another tool to treating this challenging diagnosis has given me hope as a Urology provider and I am thankful to have Guidance® UTI to help me guide my patient’s therapy plan.
Daniel Pervil, APRN
“Guidance® UTI identifies the specific urologic pathogens in the specimen, even when multiple organisms are present, which in turn leads to providing not just better care, but appropriate care.” Read More
Personally, I have been working in Urology for just over 3 years now as an APRN. Since then, you start to realize the amount of patients that present with urinary tract symptoms (UTI). When dealing with either uncomplicated or complicated UTI’s, I would first council patients, after an exam, on not just on a treatment care plan, but the exact reasoning behind treatment, based on culture proven organisms to then help guide treatment. Unfortunately, waiting for these culture results could potentially take greater than 72 hours to treat based off MIC.
At first, when a representative from Pathnostics introduced us to urine PCR testing through Pathnostics a few years ago, I was skeptical at first, however, since that occasion my practice involving treatment for UTIs have changed tremendously for the better. Especially, while previous hospital cultures may return results as “contaminated” or “mixed flora”, which seems to happen often, Guidance® UTI identifies the specific urologic pathogens in the specimen, even when multiple organisms are present, which in turn leads to providing not just better care, but appropriate care.
Per Pathnostics, it is mentioned that this testing involves a precise type of nucleic amplification technology, especially for the targeted molecular detection of bacterial and yeast DNA along with bacterial resistance genes which has been a huge help given the extremely quick turn around with results leading to faster treatments. It is mentioned and advertised through Pathnostics that this can identify up to 27 individual organisms with 3 bacterial groups along with 13% lower amount of outpatient problem visits, 67% lower hospitalizations rate, and 42% decreased rates to the Emergency Room, inpatient admission.
Overall, Guidance® UTI recognizes specific pathogenic organisms and effective treatments for polymicrobial, compared to my previous recommended treatment plan. However, as all patients continue to seek out the high quality care that everyone seeks out, this is my personal recommendation that every provider should start and continue with using this company for better results and faster treatments when treating those with bothersome UTIs, either acute versus chronic.