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 traveled there from his leg.
No matter how cutting-edge a new microbiology detection technology is, healthcare institutions will fail to curtail resistance if that technology is not used as a part of a larger antibiotic stewardship effort.
As of January 27, the CDC reports 16 additional pediatric deaths related to the flu, which brings the total number of pediatric deaths to 53 for the 2017-18 season. Since the flu season typically lasts until March and can go as late as May, it is expected that this number will continue to climb.