ALS Environmental shares expertise about ESKAPES
ALS Environmental supplies Waterline article about ESKAPES pathogens
The Water Management Society (WMSoc) has been providing practical and technical training solutions to individuals and companies in the water management industry for over 40 years. The WMSoc supplies all members with a copy of the prestigious “Waterline” magazine every quarter to keep industry professionals aware of market news and technical developments.
The latest issue of Waterline, the Winter 2015 issue, features a specialist four page article by ALS Environmental about the impact of ESKAPES pathogens.
Being of particular concern to Healthcare facilities due to their opportunistic and antibiotic resistant nature, the ESKAPES pathogens can have a significant impact on patients (young, old and immunocompromised). The ESKAPES pathogens are:
|ESKAPES Pathogen||Incubation Time||Confirmation: Traditional||Confirmation: MALDI-ToF||MALDI-ToF Saving|
|Enterococcus faecium||2 days||1 day||Minutes||1 day|
|Staphylococcus aureus||2 days||1 day||Minutes||1 day|
|Klebsiella pneumoniae||1 day||1 day||Minutes||1 day|
|Acinetobacter baumannii||1 day||1 day||Minutes||1 day|
|Pseudomonas aeruginosa||2 days||1 day||Minutes||1 day|
|Enterobacter species||1 day||1 day||Minutes||1 day|
|Stenotrophomonas||1 day||1 day||Minutes||1 day|
Click here to download the Technical Datasheet on ESKAPES pathogens
The ESKAPES article was jointly written by ALS Environmentals Sales & Marketing Manager, Nick Barsby, and our Coventry laboratory manager, Pervinder Johal. With over 25 years industry experience between them the article highlights the potential issues associated with these emerging pathogens of concern and highlights how the MALDI-ToF confirmation technique can provide a full speciation for each genus.
Upon the publication of the article Nick Barsby comments: “The ESKAPES pathogens have been a concern to healthcare facilities for over a decade. Since being highlighted by the Infectious Disease Society of America in 2004 very little focus has been applied to these bacteria despite a reduction in drug company investiment in antibiotics.
“By writing this article and providing a specific suite of analysis for the ESKAPES pathogens we hope to give the Water Treatment sector a real focus on these potentially leathal bacteria.”