Latest Antimicrobial prophylaxis Stories

2009-06-15 15:59:03

Surgical gloves that develop holes or leaks during a procedure appear to increase the risk of infection at the surgical site among patients who are not given antibiotics beforehand, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.Despite substantial efforts to maintain sterile conditions during surgery, pathogens can still be transmitted through contact with skin or blood, according to background information in the article. To prevent...

2009-04-27 08:00:00

More Hospitals Following Surgical Infection Prevention Measures, But too Many Patients Remain at Risk AUSTIN, Texas, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by Consumers Union found that hospitals have made progress following certain surgical infection prevention practices, but that too many patients aren't getting the right care needed to keep them safe. At a minimum, almost 100,000 patients were left vulnerable to developing surgical infections during the year...

2009-02-17 10:41:01

Antibiotic resistance and the rise of illnesses that cannot be treated easily because of drug resistance is a health concern around the world. CMAJ launches a 6-part series on antibiotic resistance to provide practical treatment guidelines for practicing doctors to manage resistant microbes in 3 settings: the hospital, clinic and home. The current issue features 3 articles on the topic. An analysis by Dr. David Patrick from the BC Centre for Disease Control and Dr. Jim Hutchinson contains...

2009-01-30 12:41:59

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have discovered a mimic of one of "nature's antibiotics" that can be used to coat medical devices to prevent infection and rejection. The study, released today in the journal Chemistry and Biology, found that a synthetic form, short tethered cationic antimicrobial peptides (peptide), can protect surfaces, like those of medical devices, killing bacteria and fungi that come into contact with them. Peptides are small proteins. Medical devices...

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  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.