AST is widely used clinically to determine antibiotic resistance profiles of bacterial isolates, to guide antibiotic treatment decisions, and predict therapeutic outcome.
Currently, AST is usually performed in a clinical microbiology lab, which requires transportation of the patient samples to the lab. Susceptibility testing is a complex process which may take several days. Delays in timely administration of appropriate therapeutics lead to increased patient mortality, poor clinical outcomes and use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, which promotes antibiotic resistance.
A number of automated and semi automated instruments are now available which not only speeds up the AST testing process but improves the accuracy and standardization process, saving precious man hours and labor intensive manipulations which in turn results in improving the safety of healthcare workers