“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 …

Fighting Superbugs, Monsters of Our Own Creation Faster medical tests are essential to combating antibiotic resistance

As a molecular microbiologist, I have studied antibiotic resistance for more than two decades and have witnessed the acceleration of this public health crisis at a pace that few would have predicted. Already, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conservatively estimates that each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people …

Active Body-Builder Comes Close to Death Due to Late Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Meeting John Scirica in August of 2012, it would be hard to accept that he was 64-years-old, let alone that he was near death from a rare case of bilateral pulmonary embolism.  The condition left the pulmonary arteries in both of his lungs blocked from blood clots that very likely …