Novel antibacterial wound cover could prevent thousands of infections each year

A new type of wound dressing could improve thousands of people's lives, by preventing them from developing infections. The dressing, a type of compression held in place by a bandage, uses an antibacterial substance formed from the shells of crustaceans like shrimps. It is described in a paper published in the May issue of Radiation Physics and Chemistry.
Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a new list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are needed. The most critical group of all includes bacteria resistant to multiple drugs. These pose a particular threat in hospitals, nursing homes, and among patients whose care requires devices such as ventilators and blood catheters. They include bacteria called Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae, including Klebsiella, E. coli, Serratia, and Proteus. Furthermore, 480,000 people develop multidrug-resistant tuberculosis globally each year, according to the WHO, and drug resistance is starting to complicate the fight against HIV and malaria. So, if the solution is commercialized, tens of thousands of infections could be prevented each year.
Source : www.sciencedaily.com      2017/5/11 12:39

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