Title Role of Rapid Diagnostics in Detection of Meningitis/Encephalitis
Details Date: 23 February 2023, Thursday
Time: 1030 – 1115 (GMT+8)
Synopsis Rapid diagnostic tests have been defined as any test that yields a result in the same clinic visit as diagnosis or which can be used in healthcare settings with little infrastructure or trained personnel. For rapid diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, immunochromatography or latex agglutination tests have been the techniques most commonly used. With concept of syndromic diagnosis, multiplex PCR (BioFire film array testing) has become a useful aid for the rapid detection of bacteria (E.coli, Neisseria, H. influenzae, S. pneumoniae, Streptococcus agalactiae, and Listeria), viruses (Herpes simplex, Cytomegalovirus, Enterovirus, Varicella zoster) and Cryptococcus. CSF adenosine deaminase (ADA), Mycobacterium tuberculosis PCR and nucleic acid amplification (NAA) tests help in the diagnosis of tubercular meningitis. With significantly increased diagnostic yield and shortened time to diagnosis, film array testing has direct impact on morbidity, mortality, length of stay and antibiotic consumption.
Objectives Early detection and treatment of Meningitis/Encephalitis
Faculty Dr. Harsh Sapra, India


  • FRCP(GLASGOW), Fellowship Neuroanaesthesia & NCC Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
  • Executive Leadership for Healthcare Professionals (Cornell University USA)
  • MBBS, Dip. Anaesthesia, FNCC (Neuro critical care)

Awards and Achievements  

  • Founder President of Neuro Critical Care Society of India
  • ISCCM National 2020 &2019 Presidential citation Award
  • Neuro-Critical care society (NCS, USA), Presidential citation, 2020
  • ISACON 2018 National Award of Appreciation
  • Chairman’s Award; ISCCM-Delhi Chapter – 2017; ISCCM,Delhi Branch
  • Appreciation Award towards JCI accreditation 2016; Medanta The Medicity
  • National Coordinator of Synapse ICU study (ESICM) 2018
  • Author of 24 publications and numerous book chapters

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