Search Tag: infection



2024 03 Jan

This study focuses on the impact of sepsis, a condition resulting from a dysregulated immune response to infection, on the ability of patients to return to work (RTW). Sepsis is a significant global health concern, causing substantial morbidity and mortality. Sepsis survivors commonly experience long-term cognitive and functional impairments, but the...Read more



2023 22 Nov

Sepsis can have potentially life-threatening consequences. Early recognition is crucial for effective intervention. The role of patients in preventing and identifying sepsis early is vital. However, there is an incomplete understanding of sepsis knowledge among at-risk groups and their ability to recognise sepsis as a medical emergency. COVID-19...Read more

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2023 08 Sep

World Sepsis Day falls on September 13. Sepsis, which kills more people in Austria each year than heart attacks, is caused by an infection which spreads through the body and damages our organs. A lot of people in the general public still do not know very much about this issue.   Sepsis is one of the most common causes of death around the world....Read more

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2023 13 Mar

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2023 13 Mar

Biomarkers are an area of rapid discovery in critical care medicine today. They have the potential to improve our ability to identify and manage patients at increased risk of organ failure and death. This article provides an overview of biomarkers of infection in the intensive care unit. The heterogeneity of sepsis makes its identification...Read more



2022 12 Jul

Severe infections cause significant morbidity and mortality among hospitalised patients. Early detection of life-threatening infections is crucial to improving outcomes. However, none of the circulating blood biomarkers that have been investigated have been found to detect life-threatening infection quickly or accurately. Despite sub-optimal results,...Read more

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2022 16 Mar

ICU sepsis is associated with a mortality rate >25%, with nosocomial infection most lethal, and community acquired infection more common. Optimal management requires identification of the site of infection (lung, abdomen and blood stream most commonly), a focus on the likely pathogens based on risk factors for resistance, and provision of timely and...Read more

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2021 30 Sep

Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile)   infection is a potentially serious complication in critical patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It generally occurs because of an alteration of the intestinal microbiota due to antibiotic exposure that must be timely identified and diagnosed to start proper and early management....Read more

ICU Management


2019 11 Jun

Sepsis is one of the most dangerous and life-threatening conditions encountered in the intensive care unit. Sepsis is considered to be an emergent disease similar to trauma, heart attack, and stroke. But sepsis is characterised by various aetiologies and pathophysiological conditions, and that is why it is very complicated to treat compared to...Read more

IMAGING Management


2019 09 May

New findings highlight the urgent need to reduce contamination risk through standardized, aseptic non-touch technique A new clinician poll conducted by Nancy Moureau, RN, PhD, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC, has found that relatively few healthcare facilities have established a standardized process for maintaining proper aseptic non-touch technique during...Read more

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2019 22 Sep

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2019 14 Apr

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2018 30 Sep

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2017 31 May

"Each hour’s delay in initiating antibiotics costs lives" is a doctrine that has attained quasi-religious status. Like most (quasi-)religions this is founded more on faith and hope than hard fact, according to an article in press in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Article author Mervyn Singer, Professor of Intensive...Read more

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2016 21 May

A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UC San Diego Health in the U.S. has introduced a monitoring technology to detect when infants are at risk of infection. The Heart Rate Observation system (HeRO) (MPSC, Charlottesville, USA) is an algorithm-based system that can detect slight changes in a baby’s heartbeat that could be an early sign of a major...Read more

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2016 11 Mar

The role of the environment in the transmission of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is increasingly recognised, requiring a new approach to the selection of materials for objects frequently touched by healthcare workers, patients and visitors that can serve as reservoirs of infection. There are many technologies and materials on the market,...Read more

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2015 23 Nov

A promising new drug for sepsis will have its first clinical trials thanks to a new grant from the British Heart Foundation . The new drug, called L-257, has been shown to improve survival and reduce organ failure during sepsis in animal models. The BHF Translational Award was granted to Dr. James Leiper and his clinical collaborator Dr. Simon Lambden...Read more

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2015 13 Sep

Sepsis is common and often deadly. It remains the primary cause of death from infection, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and intensive care. World Sepsis Day, 13 September, is an initiative of the Global Sepsis Alliance and its founding members, all of whom are non-profit organizations.  The Global Sepsis Alliance...Read more

Executive Health Management


2015 23 Jul

The translational paper –  From Laboratory Research to a Clinical Trial: Copper Alloy Surfaces Kill Bacteria and Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections , published in Health Environments Research & Design Journal – explores copper’s efficacy from laboratory research to a clinical trial, focusing on the multi-centre US trial that found an 83% reduction...Read more

ICU Management


2015 10 Jul

Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new diagnostic test designed to help clinicians detect infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and deadly superbugs (eg, MRSA and C. difficile) more easily and quickly. They say the new method does not require complicated equipment so tests can be run at room temperature under ordinary conditions....Read more

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2015 21 Apr

Sepsis is a common condition whereby an infection triggers an extreme immune response, resulting in widespread inflammation, blood clotting, and swelling. Although sepsis is believed to contribute to between a third and a half of all hospital deaths, the condition remains poorly understood. Now leading doctors warn that medical and public recognition...Read more

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2015 26 Feb

A new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma (JOT) shows that infection rates can be significantly reduced by giving patients antibiotics within the first hour of injury. The study included 137 trauma patients who had open fractures of the tibia (shinbone). In an open fracture, bone sticks out through the skin or a wound penetrates down...Read more

Health Management


2015 18 Feb

Finnish company Isku has launched a range of antibacterial furniture that brings active hygiene to the healthcare environment. Isku’s range was on show at Arab Health in Dubai last month, where HealthManagement spoke to Vesa Vihavainen, Senior Executive Vice President of ISKU Health.   Tell us about Isku and active hygiene Isku is...Read more

Health Management


2014 08 Nov

One of the most common and serious risks to healthcare workers is an infection result­ing from a sharp or needlestick injury. In Europe, approximately 8 million healthcare workers are at risk of these injuries. Even though data on the frequency of needle­stick injuries differ greatly between dif­ferent hospitals, as well as between dif­ferent units...Read more

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2014 24 Oct

Pneumonia is caused by many different microbes, and early identification of the bug culprit is important to ensure timely and appropriate treatment. A novel approach — analysing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe — may help detect invasive aspergillosis, a fungal infection that is a leading cause of mortality...Read more

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2014 05 Aug

A recent research published in Infection and Immunity talks about an experimental vaccine that was able to protect 100% of animal models against Clostridium difficile, a highly infectious and virulent bacterium. This bacterium causes an intestinal disease that kills nearly 30,000 Americans annually. C-difficile associated disease (CDAD) is caused...Read more

Cardiology Management


2014 29 Jul

One of the most common postoperative complications seen after open heart surgeries is an infection at the surgical site. The infection can develop in the surgical wound of either the patient's sternum or leg. It is believed that surgical site infections (SSIs) affect 2 to 20% of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures and can be devastating...Read more

Executive Health Management


2014 11 Jul

Antibiotic resistance poses a serious worldwide threat to the treatment of infections such as pneumonia. A collaborative European research project is responding to the plea by the World Health Organization (WHO) for innovative solutions to control the crisis. The PneumoNP project will combine new antibiotics with inhalable nanocarriers for a more...Read more