The Patient

Reduce your odds of infection by approximately 50%

RDB serves both patients and hospitals to protect the patient through the entire operative experience, before, during, and after surgery.

A Unique, Comprehensive Decolonization Program

RDB offers a unique, comprehensive decolonization program that can reduce the risk of infection by approximately 50%. RDB identifies and reports patient Enterococcus, S. aureus, Klebsiella, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, and Enterobacter (ESKAPE) colonization status directly to the patient for the purpose of guiding evidence-based decolonization strategies prior to surgery. RDB’s HIPAA and CLIA compliant medical laboratory utilizes OR PathTrac technology to efficiently process and catalogue bacterial samples that you provide through use of simple RDB collection kits. Unique bug identification numbers generated by OR PathTrac will serve to identify organisms that through consultation with Dr. Randy Loftus at RDB and with your local physician, you can eradicate infection-causing bacteria with simple, effective steps prior to surgery and use to better understand your surgical risk. Our program can compare later samples following your healthcare exposure to assess for transmission of new pathogens during your hospital stay. Work with RDB to decolonize today to cut your infection risk by more than half.

Limiting The Spread Of Bacterial Pathogens Acquired During Care

After surgery, RDB serves patients and the community to limit spread of bacterial pathogens acquired during care. RDB is also engaging hospitals to implement bacterial surveillance so that OR hand hygiene, intravascular device design and handling, environmental cleaning, and maintenance of the sterile surgical field can be optimized in order to prevent spread of dangerous bacteria between patients undergoing care in the same arena. Ask your hospitals to ensure that measures are in place to reduce bacterial spread between patients so that you don’t get someone else’s “SUPERBUG” to bring home.

The checklist provided in this website (see documents for free download) can be used to help guide assessments of OR safety, as can the following website that allows the consumer to compare the rates of potentially avoidable complications across hospitals: https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/Data/Healthcare-Associated-Infections.html

Cultured bacteria collected from toilet seat compared to OR work area

Consultation To Review Hospital Safety Check List Results

RDB is happy to consult with you to review hospital safety check list results to help ascertain quality of infection control services offered. If a given hospital is unable or unwilling to complete the provided safety checklist prior to your surgery, keep in mind that as opposed to the 1800’s, the impact of transmission of deadly bacteria is clear. It is up to you to decide whether you want to take that risk. Demand a culture of patient safety at any hospital that compromises your first line of defense against infection with the incision and your second line of defense by suppressing your immune system with inflammation, medications, and anesthetic agents.

  1. patient skin sites are contaminated with deadly bacteria in 20-30% of cases
  2. undetected bacteria before surgery can result in difficult to treat infections
  3. colonizing bacteria can spread to other patients in the hospital
  4. decolonization is a proven method for reducing infection by approximately 50%
  5. hospitals are not universally employing this evidence-based strategy
  6. RDB Bioinformatics is here to help patients on their path to infection prevention by addressing this gap

Use the Home PathTrac Kit if you:

  • Plan to have surgery

  • Think your infection rate at home is higher than it should be

  • Want to create a safer home environment to prevent bacterial transmission

  • Will deliver soon through vaginal birth or c-section

The Patient: Home PathTrac

Why use the Home PathTrac service?

Identify Your Superbug

Patients can carry a superbug and not realize it. Bacteria need a host, similar to a parasite. Humans are an ideal host. Bacterial superbugs live on your skin, in your nose, and other cavities. But it’s when they traverse to your blood that they cause problems. Identifying your superbug is the first step in preventing a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI). Determining your superbug allows you to:

Obtain a better understanding of your risk of infection

Once we help you determine if you are carrying a superbug, and determine the characteristics of it, we work with you and your doctor to determine the risk.

Learn what you can do to reduce that risk

The best time to reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infections is prior to surgery. We work with you and your doctor to determine the course of action recommended reducing your risk of infection. Simple steps prior to surgery can make an enormous impact on your outcome and overall health.

Communicate your results with your surgeon to work to eradicate the organism before your surgery

RDB Bioinformatics is lead by Dr. Randy Loftus, a board-certified anesthesiologist. We provide you with a report that communicates to your doctor everything he or she needs to continue your health plan. If required, our medical professionals will communicate with your doctor directly to determine the course of action.

Communicate your results with your surgeon to guide antibiotic selection before your incision

Many times, part of the preventative measures involve antibiotics. Determining which antibiotic is our job. We report to your doctor, who then in cooperation with RDB Bioinformatics can determine the best antibiotic for your successful decolonization.

Even if you are not having surgery, better understand what you could be spreading in your home to others

Even without a planned surgery ahead, a simple cut to someone carrying S. aureus, or even worse, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can easily cause infection. If you think your infection rate at home is higher than it should be from the simple paper cut or kitchen “mistake”, then use the Home PathTrac system to determine if you carry a superbug. Proactive decolonization now can prevent problems later.

Identify a need to survey your home environment for transmitted bacteria in order to create a safer environment

After a failed attempt to decolonize your body it may be necessary to check your home environment. You may be experiencing a bacterial transmission from your home and specific cleaning measures can prevent further transmission. Through a similar process to the home PathTrac kit and OR PathTrac kit, we can survey your home for specific points that are known to be involved in bacterial transmission.

What Next?

How do I find out if I am carrying a superbug bacteria and protect my loved ones?

01.

Purchase The Kit

Begin by purchasing the Home PathTrac Kit.

02.

Watch The Mail

You’ll receive an email with more information. We will ship a collection directly to you.

03.

Follow The Directions

There are easy to follow directions in the kit. It is 3 simple steps and you can collect the samples in your home. Then, return the kit in the prepaid shipping envelope.

04.

Check Your Email

Our lab will process your samples, and you will receive a report to give to your doctor. If you want, our doctors will contact yours directly to assemble a plan of action.

The Patient: OR PathTrac

Serving the Patient After Surgery

Why would a patient select hospitals that use the OR PathTrac service?

This system empowers hospitals to ensure that basic infection control practices they are using are effective

Hospitals spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on preventative measures to protect patients in the operating room. RDB Bioinformatics PathTrac system is the only system that provides a metric proving how effective those efforts are. Our system also provides metrics on problem areas that the hospital needs to work on. Both guide the efforts of the hospital towards your best interest.

Hospitals can know when and how to improve hand washing, environmental cleaning, intravenous catheter disinfection, and maintenance of the sterile field

Together, these efforts will reduce bacterial entry into the operating room

OR PathTrac combined with prevention efforts at the hospital reduce bacterial entry to the operation room. Over time, continuous efforts to reduce bacterial transmissions reduce infections.

Reduced bacterial traffic reduces risk of unwanted bacterial transfer to the patient while undergoing surgery

The best way avoid a problem is to prevent the catalyst that brings about the problem.

The best way to avoid infection is to create a sterile environment and eliminate bacterial transfer. Knowing the common transmission pathways is key.

Protecting the patient in the OR is important the immune system is suppressed by the surgery itself as well as the medications used during and after surgery

OR PathTrac optimizes both OR and the room afterwards. The patient’s immune system is compromised both in the OR and while recovering afterwards. Keeping the patient safe from the beginning through the end of the surgery timeline shows the investment towards patient safety.

Protecting the patient in the OR is important the immune system is suppressed by the surgery itself as well as the medications used during and after surgery

OR PathTrac optimizes both OR and the room afterwards. The patient’s immune system is compromised both in the OR and while recovering afterwards. Keeping the patient safe from the beginning through the end of the surgery timeline shows the investment towards patient safety.

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