B•R•A•H•M•S PCT (Procalcitonin) helps to simplify the quest for determining whether an infection is bacterial. Procalcitonin (PCT) levels can give key information on the diagnosis and can also guide doctors in their decision on the appropriate use of antibiotics, namely for how long the therapy should last.
Sepsis (also called “blood poisoning”) is a life-threatening condition and is caused by the body’s immune response triggered by an infection, most commonly due to bacteria. It’s the primary cause of death from infection. Sepsis results when the body attempts to fight an infection and injures its own tissues and organs. The earlier elevated levels of Procalcitonin are detected the earlier the antibiotic therapy can begin and the better the outcome for the patient.