The study, in the British Medical Journal, shows how the implementation of the surveillance scheme for patients undergoing haemodialysis significantly reduced the numbers of dialysis related blood stream infections, hospital admissions and the use of antibiotics.
The researchers found levels of bacteraemia (bacteria in the blood stream) fell from a rate of 6.2 percent of patients a month to 2.0 percent of patients a month over a two year period, a fall of almost 70 percent.
Dr Alison Holmes from Imperial College London, who led the research said: “The results from this study show we could have a nationwide way to effectively reduce the rates of blood stream infection and improve the quality of care in haemodialysis units through a simple and highly cost effective monitoring system. Despite surveillance being critical for monitoring infection control, no standardised surveillance scheme exists in the UK. We hope this study will encourage the creation of such a scheme.”
Haemodialysis requires vascular access, either through the use of vascular catheters or through the creation of fistulas or grafts. These can all increase the risk of infection, but the use of catheters carry the greatest risk of blood stream infections.
The team of doctors and researchers introduced a US designed scheme to monitor patients undergoing dialysis at the Hammersmith Hospital haemodialysis unit, monitoring 3418 patient months of care between June 2002 and December 2004.
After setting up the scheme, and embedding it into the day to day activities of the unit, it took up approximately two hours per month of a dialysis physician’s time.
They found that as well as reducing the numbers of access related infections, the scheme was also important for raising awareness about minimising risks, and led to less antibiotics being prescribed.
Dr Holmes added: “By reducing antibiotic use not only do we reduce the risks of bacteria becoming more resistant and potentially harder to treat, but we can also reduce complications associated with antibiotic therapy, and the cost to the NHS.”
Tony Stephenson | alfa
Using fragment-based approaches to discover new antibiotics
21.06.2018 | SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)
Scientists learn more about how gene linked to autism affects brain
19.06.2018 | Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
In a recent publication in the renowned journal Optica, scientists of Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena showed that they can accurately control the optical properties of liquid-core fiber lasers and therefore their spectral band width by temperature and pressure tuning.
Already last year, the researchers provided experimental proof of a new dynamic of hybrid solitons– temporally and spectrally stationary light waves resulting...
Scientists from the University of Freiburg and the University of Basel identified a master regulator for bone regeneration. Prasad Shastri, Professor of...
Moving into its fourth decade, AchemAsia is setting out for new horizons: The International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production will take place from 21-23 May 2019 in Shanghai, China. With an updated event profile, the eleventh edition focusses on topics that are especially relevant for the Chinese process industry, putting a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation.
Founded in 1989 as a spin-off of ACHEMA to cater to the needs of China’s then developing industry, AchemAsia has since grown into a platform where the latest...
The BMBF-funded OWICELLS project was successfully completed with a final presentation at the BMW plant in Munich. The presentation demonstrated a Li-Fi communication with a mobile robot, while the robot carried out usual production processes (welding, moving and testing parts) in a 5x5m² production cell. The robust, optical wireless transmission is based on spatial diversity; in other words, data is sent and received simultaneously by several LEDs and several photodiodes. The system can transmit data at more than 100 Mbit/s and five milliseconds latency.
Modern production technologies in the automobile industry must become more flexible in order to fulfil individual customer requirements.
An international team of scientists has discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost no distortion - even if the fiber is bent. The results of the study, to which scientist from the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (Leibniz IPHT) contributed, were published on 6thJune in the highly-cited journal Physical Review Letters.
Endoscopes allow doctors to see into a patient’s body like through a keyhole. Typically, the images are transmitted via a bundle of several hundreds of optical...
13.06.2018 | Event News
08.06.2018 | Event News
05.06.2018 | Event News
22.06.2018 | Materials Sciences
22.06.2018 | Earth Sciences
22.06.2018 | Life Sciences