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 …

Why Technology Alone Can’t Solve Antibiotic Resistance

By Chris Cook, PharmD, Ph.D. Battling a serious infection is a race against the clock. When a patient enters the ED with symptoms that suggest a bloodstream infection, the biggest concern is sepsis and septic shock. Septic shock is an immune response to a blood-stream infection that quickly spirals out of control, leading to widespread …