Barb Hammond, a microbiologist at bioMérieux who has been with the company for more than 30 years, loves being outdoors, spending time with her family, and training her golden retriever in competitive dog sports. But last year, Barb’s usual routine came to screeching halt when she became septic after a surgical procedure.
COVID-19 is not just any respiratory virus. Researchers have quickly discovered that it is capable of directly affecting multiple organ systems, and that it can also cause a host of related complications. Among those complications are endothelial dysfunction, sepsis, and acute kidney injury.
Antibiotic resistant infections and multi-drug resistant infections have been on the rise in recent years. When it comes to sepsis, these infections have the potential to be much more dangerous because they can be difficult to treat.
Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening, imbalanced response to a severe infection. The condition affects 1.7 million people and takes 270,000 lives in the U.S. every year. This year, we face additional risks because of the threat of COVID-19.