Researchers at Auburn University Collaborate with Clinical Laboratory Team at Keesler Air Force Base to Detect Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria in Just 10 Minutes

This technology could provide medical labs a quick, cost-effective way to diagnose methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Even as in vitro diagnostics manufacturers are bringing rapid molecular tests to market that can identify infectious diseases within hours, a research collaboration involving a major university and a medical laboratory at an air force base has demonstrated the ability to identify antibiotic-resistant strains of Staphylococcus in just minutes. This innovative research...

Plasma Devices for Hand Cleaning Expected to Show Up Soon in Hospitals and Clinical Laboratories

Use of plasma technology will give healthcare workers another way to clean their hands Even Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon would be amazed to learn that plasma technology is about to deliver a way for healthcare workers to sanitize their hands without using soap and water! Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will be interested to learn about a novel device that bathes hands with plasma as a way to reduce the spread of microorganisms by healthcare workers, including superbugs like MRSA,...

New Clinical Laboratory DNA Test Identifies Sepsis Patients in Just 18 Hours

Researchers say Mobidiag’s microarray-based diagnostic test technology looks promising There’s a new DNA-based microarray platform that could speed identification of blood-borne pathogens. By allowing clinical laboratories to deliver test results in just 18 hours, use of this new microarray could improve early detection and management of sepsis patients. In a study headed by Päivi Tissari, M.D., of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, Helsinki University Hospital Laboratory in Finland, the...

Raising the Performance Bar for Hospital Infection Control

As more attention is paid to reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections (HIAs), hospitals and health systems respond with proactive programs to eliminate many obvious sources of such infections. In turn, this affects hospital laboratories, since they play a key role in every hospital’s infection control program. The basic statistics are stunning. Hospital-acquired infections (HIAs) affect nearly 2 million Americans annually, resulting in 90,000 deaths and up to $6.5 billion...
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