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 …

How One of the First Cases of CRE “Nightmare Bacteria” on the West Coast was Identified

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors The incidence of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infection in U.S. hospitals has been growing steadily for the last decade. This spread is due to the acquisition of the carbapenemase genes since the first carbapenemase producer was identified in 1993, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since then, …

Welcome Letter from the Editors

Dear Reader, Welcome to bioMérieux Connection, your source for learning and discussion of medical diagnostics and scientific news, advancements, important issues, and much more. Our team is dedicated to serving you the most relevant and pressing stories from leading experts in medicine, microbiology, and other scientific fields. We hope that you’ll find our articles and …

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 …