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Antibiotics for Sepsis - Does Each Hour Really Count?

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 Care... Read more

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Technology Detects Risk of Infection in Premature or Critically Ill Infants

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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Antimicrobial Copper Touch Surfaces: Reduce Infections, Liberate Resources and Cut Costs

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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Promising New Sepsis Treatment on the Horizon

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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13th September : World Wide Sepsis Webinar

2015 27 Aug

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 is a... Read more

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Antimicrobial copper in an ICU offers a cost-effective additional measure to boost infection control

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 in... Read more

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An Innovative Way to Detect Infectious Disease, Superbugs

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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Reducing Sepsis Deaths

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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Reduced Infection When Antibiotics Are Given After Trauma

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

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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 a family-owned furniture... Read more