Skin antisepsis for reducing central venous catheter-related infections

Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health have shown that it’s possible to diagnose a bacterial infection from a small sample of blood — based on the immune system’s response to the bacteria — in infants with fevers who are 2 months of age or younger.

With additional research, the new technique could be an improvement over the standard method, which requires isolating live bacteria from blood, urine or spinal fluid and growing them in a laboratory culture.

Full reference: Mahajan, P.  Association of RNA Biosignatures With Bacterial Infections in Febrile Infants Aged 60 Days or Younger  Journal of the American Medical Association. Aug. 23, 2016

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