How to Explain Antimicrobial Resistance to Your Friends and Family (With Infographics)

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Explaining science in simple terms can be tough, but for addressing problems like antimicrobial resistance, public awareness and understanding are vital.  Here are some common questions and answers. What is Antimicrobial Resistance? Is it Different from Antibiotic Resistance? Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when a germ develops or acquires a way …

Watch Regular Bacteria Evolve into Superbugs

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors World health leaders have described superbugs as “nightmare bacteria” that “pose a catastrophic threat” to people in every country in the world. Understanding how superbugs develop, what their resistance mechanisms are, and the impact they have on human health is key to combatting the threat. How do Superbugs Evolve? Superbugs …

“If I had waited another hour, my husband would probably have died”

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Paige O’Keefe is a laboratory scientist at Health Partners in Minnesota. While she has seen severe infections and sepsis from the perspective of positive blood and urine cultures, she suddenly came face to face with sepsis in an experience that completely changed her understanding of sepsis. Marty O’Keefe, Paige’s husband, …

The Key Component that Sepsis Protocol and Antibiotic Stewardship Have in Common

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Sepsis is a silent killer that the majority of Americans have never heard of. According to a survey conducted in 2011 by Sepsis Alliance, nearly 60% of those surveyed said they had never heard the term, “Sepsis.” Sepsis is what our grandparents commonly referred to as a, “blood infection.” It …