Waging War on Resistance
Automated digital microscopy can shave hours, or even days, off the time needed to diagnose multi-drug-resistant infections and initiate treatment
Michael Schubert |
Multi-drug-resistant infections are a problem everywhere, but nowhere so much as in close quarters like hospitals, prisons and military environments. They’re a particularly significant concern in combat-related injuries, where wounded soldiers often exhibit a range of pathogens that don’t respond to antibiotics. Although we do have a way of tackling this challenge – namely, culture-directed treatment – it requires the growth of a positive culture, which can take 48 hours or more. Delaying treatment by this long in a patient with injuries and related drug-resistant infections can have disastrous consequences. So what’s the alternative?
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