Tag Archives: Infection

today’s birthday: Alexander Fleming (1881)


Alexander Fleming (1881)

English: Alexander Fleming receives the Nobel ...

English: Alexander Fleming receives the Nobel Prize from King Gustaf V of Sweden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Motivated by the devastating infections he saw in hospitals during World War I, Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist, began searching for an effective antiseptic.

English: Chemical structure of Penicillin G. H...

English: Chemical structure of Penicillin G. High-resolution .PNG made with Chem3D and IrfanView — see WikiProject Chemistry – structure drawing for detailed instructions. Please drop me a note if you need the source file. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1922, he discovered lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme present in saliva and tears. In 1928, he isolated the substance penicillin, which became the first successful antibiotic for human bacterial infections. His work earned him a Nobel Prize and has forever changed modern medicine. In what accidental way did he discover penicillin? More… Discuss

 

 

NEWS: US GAINING GROUND IN FIGHT AGAINST HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS


US Gaining Ground in Fight against Hospital-Acquired Infections

The risk of contracting a hospital-acquired infection is dropping in the US, and that is good news, but the statistics are still far from comforting. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 25 patients in the US will pick up an infection at a hospital or similar medical facility. This means that over the course of a year, about 600,000 patients come down with a nosocomial, or hospital-acquired, infection. Of them, about 74,000 end up battling more than one. Still, this is significantly down from the 1970s, when an estimated 2.1 million patients a year would develop a hospital-acquired infection, and even from the 1990s, when this number was about 1.7 million. More… Discuss

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