September 1, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 15)
Periplex® is a rapid point-of-care (POC) test for the detection of infection in patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD). The test can be used at home by patients or caregivers to detect infection within 10 minutes. Using current methods, diagnosis of infection can take more than 24 hours, which risks damage to the peritoneal membrane, or the formation of scar tissue that can prevent the long-term use of PD. Periplex detects two critical biomarkers of infection in PD waste fluid using a lateral flow immunoassay system. Earlier identification of infection enables the preemptive use of antibiotics, resulting in improved management of infection and prevention of infection-related damage to the peritoneal membrane.