Elecsys® BRAHMS Procalcitonin (PCT) delivers fully automated, reliable, realtime clinical decision support for the management of sepsis.


PCT is a biomarker with high specificity for an inflammatory response to a bacterial infection. PCT concentrations in the blood can aid clinicians in the detection of clinically relevant bacterial infections. PCT is considered a prognostic marker to support outcome prediction in sepsis patients.1,2,3,4

About Sepsis

Sepsis is life threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection.5,6,7 Sepsis and septic shock are major healthcare problems, with more than 1 in 1000 people in developed countries suffering from sepsis each year.8 Early identification and appropriate management in the initial hours after sepsis develops improves outcomes.9

Assay time 18 min.
Sample material Serum collected using standard sampling tubes or tubes containing separating gel. Liheparin, K3‑EDTA plasma.
Sample volume 30 μL
Analytical Sensitivity <0.02 ng/mL
Functional Sensitivity <0.06 ng/mL
Traceabilty Standardized against BRAHMS PCT LIA
Measuring range 0.02-100 ng/mL (defined by the lower detection limit and the maximum of the master curve)

Elecsys BRAHMS PCT helps to improve your sepsis patient management by providing reliable realtime clinical decision support data about a suspected infection, disease severity, and response to treatment.


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