Microbiologists look to new technology to fight "superbugs"
Caroline MacGregor September 28, 2012 | WGVU
Central Association for Clinical Microbiology (SCACM) is an
organization focused on educating medical technologists in the latest
developments in the field of microbiology. It’s a regional organization which
is holding its annual fall meeting today at Grand Valley University.
Dr. Nathan Ledeboer is Assistant Professor of Pathology with the Medical College of
Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Part of Dr. Ledeboer's
interest lies in the development of rapid molecular techniques for detection of
infectious diseases including highly resistant staph infections and respiratory viruses. He says with the emergence of more and more superbugs or resistant
organisms, there’s a need to speed up diagnosis.
“In the immediacy, we are really going to relying upon timely microbiology to better combat multi-drug resistant organisms because we are just not developing antimicrobials fast enough and as resistance emerges we are no longer keeping up with that so there are things the lab can do such as getting out results in a more timely manner, putting out more effective results and putting out the best quality results possible to enable physicians to make earlier decisions to offer better care to patients.”
Ledeboer says new “disruptive technologies” are the key. They are called
"disruptive" because they fundamentally change the way laboratory medicine has
been practiced over the past 50 years.
“Today for example, if you have diarrhea, you may present to your physician who will require you to submit a sample. Using older techniques it will take three to five days for the lab to put out a result and determine if there was an infection present or not. Using these new technologies we're talking about an hour or two to getting a diagnosis as opposed to several days."
Ledeboer says that while we face mounting challenges - the good news is that there
have been huge advances over the past couple of years in the ability of
technology to fight superbugs.
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