PRESSR: “KFSH&RC” launches a comprehensive rapid genetic testing service

Diagnoses mysterious genetic disorders in critically ill newborns

Riyadh: In an unprecedented achievement in the Middle East, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center launched the Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing service as part of the health services it provides to beneficiaries, which enables doctors to diagnose mysterious genetic disorders that cannot be identified. Clinically, especially newborns who are in critical condition, and whose health condition requires rapid and accurate diagnosis of rare genetic diseases, which contributes to improving health care outcomes and the patient experience.

Rapid comprehensive genetic makeup screening helps newborns with rare diseases avoid a long journey of tests and treatment for months or years without a clear diagnosis, increases the probability of survival, and reduces overall health costs by reducing the rate of hospitalization. Unnecessary examinations and health care.

The hospital was able to reduce the time period for conducting the test from two months in normal procedures to less than 35 hours, as speed represents a decisive factor in planning health care for critical health conditions for newborns, and the availability of test results within a shorter period will lead to a rapid and personalized medical response to the patient. And directing health care appropriately, as opposed to delay, which may lead to deterioration of the condition or death.

As part of its participation in the Global Health Forum, in which King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center participates as a strategic health partner, the hospital tells visitors to its pavilion in the accompanying exhibition the details of the comprehensive rapid genetic makeup examination, and its ability to analyze 99% of the DNA sequence from patient blood samples, in addition to a number One of the innovative health solutions.

Comprehensive genetic makeup screening is a four-step process condensed into one seamless procedure: First, the DNA is fragmented into manageable parts, then encoded with an identification barcode similar to tracking a product in stores. Specialized devices and, finally, sophisticated computer hardware and software compare these sequences, identify differences in DNA sequences and identify disease-causing genetic mutations.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center provides the highest levels of health care and the best patient experience in an integrated educational and research environment. It also cooperates and partners with major local, regional and international institutions to achieve world-class service in the clinical, research and educational fields.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center is considered among the most prominent in the world in providing specialized health care, a pioneer in innovation, and an advanced center in medical research and education. It also seeks to develop medical technologies and raise the level of health care worldwide, in partnership with major local, regional and international institutions. To achieve world-class service in the clinical, research and educational fields.

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