Infectious diseases come unnoticed and can have severe consequences. Prevention through good hygiene is the best protection for people in hospitals. This is especially necessary for weakened patients whose immune systems are not able to fight back the infections by themselves. When they still fall ill, physicians need to be quick to diagnose and treat them. Learn in our Topic of the Month, which role modern laboratory medicine plays here today.
Instant treatment is absolute vital for patients developing sepsis. Providing a specific therapy early on is key. To manage this the pathogenic organisms need to be identified accurately. But a fungal sepsis can still be a hard nut to crack. A new method was developed in the ImSpec project that is now capable to identify pathogenic fungi not only faster, but more reliably. Dr. Wolfgang Fritsche explains MEDICA-tradefair.com exactly how this method works.