Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc announces that its SpectraTM MRSA is a winner in the 2009 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition in the category of in vitro diagnostics.

Spectra MRSA is a chromogenic culture medium for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which aids in the control and prevention of MRSA in healthcare settings.

This powerful solution offers the highest Positive Predictive Value (98.1%) of any MRSA test on the market.

Pressures are mounting on healthcare organizations to reduce hospital acquired infections like MRSA and also to control associated costs. Affordable and easy to use, Spectra MRSA is designed to help healthcare organizations screen more patients on more shifts in more hospitals.

“The design of Spectra MRSA combines the simplicity of microbiological culture media with the
high-value and accuracy expected from a diagnostic test,” said Tom Floyd, president, microbiology products, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “It is truly a practical, high-performing solution to a pathogen that is causing serious public health concerns. We are honored that Spectra MRSA is being recognized with a Medical Design Excellence Award and proud to deliver a solution that makes an impact in how hospitals fight MRSA.”

The Medical Design Excellence Award, organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC, Los Angeles, is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Spectra MRSA was evaluated and selected for the award based on its design features and user-related functions that improve healthcare, and for providing enhanced benefits to patients.

Spectra MRSA received FDA clearance in February 2008, amidst growing concerns about the spread and danger of MRSA. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently estimating two million healthcare associated infections, 99,000 associated deaths each year in the US and over $4.5 billion to $6.5 billion in treatment costs and excess hospital days.

According to a 2007 study by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 1.2 million US hospital patients may be infected with MRSA each year, and up to 119,000 hospital patients each year may die from MRSA. Spectra MRSA is well positioned to economically assist hospitals in their quest to control these types of infections.

Spectra MRSA is manufactured, distributed, and sold in the US under the Thermo Fisher Scientific specialty brand, Remel.

Source: Remel