Search Tag: Infections

ICU Management

Biomarkers Linked to Kidney Damage, Death in Critically Ill

2015 19 Jan

Based on results of a new study, high levels of two novel urinary biomarkers early in critical illness correlate with adverse long-term outcomes in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI). The combination of tissue inhibitor metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) and IGF-binding protein-7 (IGFBP7) can identify patients with AKI who are at greater risk of death... Read more

Lab Management

New Method Detects Antibiotic Resistance Fast

2014 27 Nov

A new method developed by Swedish researchers can rapidly identify which bacteria are causing an infection and detect whether they are resistant or sensitive to antibiotics. Results of the study have been published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology . "Clinical use of the method would mean that the right antibiotic treatment could be started... Read more

ICU Management

Innovation To ID Infection Source Without Blood Culture

2014 16 Sep

A new study suggests a pioneering testing technology could reduce hospital stays by up to eight days and lower annual health care costs for people with serious infections by approximately  $2.2 million  (€1.5 million / £1.2 million).[1] The cost reductions are based on a health economic model from the RApid Diagnosis of Infections in the CriticAlly... Read more

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Hand Washing Plus Gloves Curb Infections

2014 18 Aug

Infections in premature babies may be prevented when attending medical staff wear nonsterile gloves after washing their hands, compared with only hand washing, findings of a new study show. The study involved 120 extremely preterm babies in a neonatal ICU at a particular hospital. These infants were younger than eight days old and weighed less than... Read more

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Emerging Antiseptic Resistance in ICUs

2014 17 Aug

According to a recent study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, bacteria that cause life-threatening bloodstream infections in critically ill patients may be growing increasingly resistant to chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), a common hospital antiseptic. The use... Read more

Executive Health Management

A £2m Award To Study Bacterial Polymer Resistance

2014 04 Aug

Morgan Alexander, Professor of Biomedical Surfaces in the School of Pharmacy and Paul Williams, Professor of Molecular Microbiology, in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham, have each received a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award worth a combined £2m. These are the first of its kind awards and the two researchers have been... Read more

ICU Management

IHI Interventions Prevent Catheter Bloodstream Infections

2014 10 Jun

Bloodstream infections related to the use of central venous catheters (CVCs) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality for patients in surgical intensive care units, where nearly half rely on a CVC for the administration of treatment. To reduce the incidence of catheter-related bloodstream infections, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement... Read more

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Sepsis Study: Same Survival Rate Regardless of Treatment Method

2014 20 Mar

Comparing three treatment methods shows same survival rate According to a five-year clinical study named ProCESS, for Protocolised Care for Early Septic Shock, and published online on March 18, 2014, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the survival rate for patients with septic shock was the same regardless of whether they received treatment... Read more

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Study: Implementation of ICU Infection Control Practices Inconsistent

2014 30 Jan

According to a new study, the largest of its kind, U.S. hospital intensive care units (ICUs) show uneven compliance with infection prevention policies. The findings are published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC),... Read more

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Understanding Inflammation - Structure of the Host Protein LBP Deciphered

2013 15 Oct

Scientists of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin for the first time have solved the 3-dimensional structure of the protein LBP and it´s genetic variant. This finding may help certain patients to better survive severe infectious diseases. The results have been published in the recent issue of the journal Immunity *. This host protein mediates... Read more