The molecular test for Staphylococcus epidermidis is used for the fast and accurate laboratory documentation of the infection or contamination of medical objects (catheters, tools, etc.) by the specific microorganism.
Staphylococcus epidermidis is a Gram-positive, non-motile coccus of the genus Staphylococcus. This microbe has a genome of 2.5 Mbp (millions of base pairs) arranged in a circular formation. Staphylococcus epidermidis is part of the normal human flora (microbiome) and can be found in mucous membranes and in the skin, but at the same time, it is one of the most common causes of hospital-acquired infections.
Staphylococcus epidermidis has the ability to form biofilms on inert objects, such as intravenous catheters and other plastic medical devices. In this configuration (biofilm), the efficacy of antibiotics is greatly reduced. This, combined with the high resistance to antibiotics due to their regular use, results in reduced effectiveness of antibiotic treatment.
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. The correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings, and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
At Diagnostiki Athinon we answer any questions you may have about the test you perform in our laboratory and we contact your doctor to get the best possible medical care.