Blood infections need to be treated fast: Study
Tech Explorist: Bloodstream infection (BSI) is one of the most devastating preventable complications in Critical Care Units.
It has far-reaching consequences resulting in a prolonged length of hospital-stay, high costs to the individual and exchequer, and, in many instances, loss of life.
To cure the infections, physicians often give patients a drug cocktail in hope that one of the medications in the bunch will cure the patient.
Most of the time, it fails and ended up with side effects. This also leads to an increasing prevalence of antimicrobial resistance.
Scientists at the Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have created a method that uses a blood sample from patients, and in 20 minutes identifies what kind of infection they have and what antibiotic or antifungal medication they should receive.