Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are among the most common bacterial infections with an estimated 90 to 150 million cases worldwide every year. Half of all women will have had at least one episode of UTI by the age of 35. Between 10 and 20% of all prescribed antibiotics are used to treat UTIs.
There is a growing global problem with bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Current methods for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (AST) take too long (24-48h) to guide correct treatment. As a result, many UTI patients do not respond to first-line antibiotic treatment.
The lack of fast AST for urinary tract infections results in many prescriptions of ineffective antibiotics which lead to prolonged suffering of patients, risk of severe complications and increased antibiotic resistance.