Jena University Hospital

Jena University Hospital

transformed their enteric workflow to decrease hands-on time
I would say that we can now deliver negative results to the hospital faster.
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rödel, Jena University Hospital
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increased sensitivity for better detection of pathogens*
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decreased hands-on time*

Challenges Challenges

The institute processed an average of 58 stool cultures per day and was faced with an increasing workload, resulting in a delay in reporting results. Another problem was that their routine stool cultures lacked the sensitivity needed to detect certain pathogens.

Objective Objective

To significantly reduce hands-on time dedicated to culture and reduce the overall number of plates used. A rapid negative PCR result will eliminate samples from further investigation, minimizing time dedicated to additional and perhaps ineffective steps.

To improve diagnosis of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli and Shigella by the use of a more sensitive test method.

Solution Solution

The BD MAXTM Enteric Bacterial Panel as performed on the BD MAXTM System has a higher level of sensitivity than conventional stool culture. Laboratory staff reached their objective to better diagnose Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli and Shigella.

Staff at Jena University Hospital were also pleased to discover that they were able to increase detection of Campylobacter. And by leveraging molecular results, they can carry out more targeted investigation using culture.

There was also a significant improvement in the way their organisation operates because laboratory staff no longer work extra hours to keep up with the workload. All samples are managed on the same day, from reception to results.


Implementation of the BD MAXTM System and BD MAXTM Enteric Bacterial Panel has resulted in same day results, providing more timely patient management, more appropriate treatment, and quicker implementation of infection control measures.

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Jena University Hospital is located in the central German state of Thuringia. It has over 5,000 employees and close to 1,400 beds. Healthcare workers treat 53,000 inpatients and 275,000 outpatients each year. The hospital’s Institute of Medical Microbiology performs studies on infectious diseases. It also carries out diagnostic testing and prevention.1

*BD internal data on file.

1. Universitäts Klinikum Jena. Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie. Accessed on 3 January 2019, at