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ICU Management

Cost of Nosocomial Infections in the ICU

2015 13 Feb

Infections due to multidrug resistant gram negative bacilli (RGNB) in critically ill patients have been reported to be associated with increased morbidity and healthcare costs. A recent study conducted by researchers in Singapore has highlighted the heavy economic burden of RGNB infections to both the patient and hospital. "Nosocomial acquired RGNB... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Protocol Increases Appropriate Antibiotic Use

2015 19 Jan

According to a retrospective study, an antibiotic protocol that determined antibiotic use based on risk for health care-associated infections significantly increased appropriate prescription of antibiotics in a paediatric ICU. The study has been published online in Annals of the American Thoracic Society .   Researchers evaluated patients with an... Read more

Pharmacy Management

EAHP: 2015 Year of Action on Antimicrobial Resistance

2015 12 Jan

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) has issued a call to policy-makers in the European Union to make 2015 a year of action with respect to the antimicrobial resistance challenge. The new policy statement published by 34 national member associations reminds policy makers of the opportunities available to them as well as highlights... Read more

Pharmacy Management

New Antibiotic Teixobactin Could be a Game-Changer

2015 10 Jan

A novel method for growing bacteria has finally yielded a promising new antibiotic which could be a major breakthrough ending a decades-long drought in antibiotic discovery. The last new class of antibiotics was discovered nearly three decades ago. During this time, microbes have become more and more resistant. However, a new study published... 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

Pharmacy Management

Widespread Public Misconception About Antibiotics

2014 24 Nov

According to a new survey by Public Health England (PHE), nearly 40 percent of people are unnecessarily taking antibiotics for coughs or runny noses while 90 percent are unaware that drug-resistant bacteria can spread from person to person. These findings were released to mark the European Antibiotics Awareness Day on 18 November. The survey calls... Read more

Executive Health Management

European Antibiotic Awareness Day Is 18 November 2014

2014 17 Nov

EMA supports innovative approaches to facilitate development of new antibiotics The European Medicines Agency (EMA) supports European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), which is taking place on Tuesday 18 November. EAAD is organised every year by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). It aims to raise awareness of the threat... Read more

Executive Health Management

Biomarker Tests Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions

2014 07 Nov

On-the-spot tests for bacterial infections, which only take about three minutes to process, may help to reduce excessive use of antibiotics. Researchers in Denmark performed a systematic review showing that doctors who tested for the presence of bacterial infections were prescribing fewer antibiotics. Their findings are published online in The Cochrane... Read more

Pharmacy Management

Simulations Show How Bacteria Resist Antiobiotics

2014 21 Oct

Research scientists at the University of Bristol have used computer simulations to show how bacteria destroy antibiotics. This could be a major breakthrough and could help in the development of drugs that can effectively tackle bacterial infections in the future. The research team focused on the role of enzymes in the bacteria and how they split the structure... Read more

ICU Management

ESICM 2014: Can Protocols For Antibiotic Use Save Money?

2014 15 Oct

A study presented by Dr. Hugo Calderón at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) congress in Barcelona this month looked at whether implementing a protocol for antibiotic use affected patient mortality and admission costs. This followed reorganisation of the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Hospital de Faro in Portugal, when the number... Read more