Innovation Showcase – infection and sepsis

01/11/2018 12:00 pm @ Sunderland Royal Hospital Kayl

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“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for. When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I suppose that was exactly what I did”.— Alexander Fleming

From the times philosophers and physicians such as Hippocrates and Galen started writing down their humoral medicine and folklore of herbs and mould, to Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin 1928, we have been fighting the battle against infection.

Fleming’s discovery helped revolutionise medicine in the twentieth century and shifted the balance in our favour, however the overuse of antibiotics has led to resistance and our medicines like the some of the treatments from the past are no longer effective, threating progress and causing widespread problems, so much as to prompt the World Health Organization to classify antimicrobial resistance as a “serious threat [that] is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country”. (Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance The World Health Organization. April 2014)

At this showcase South Tyneside and Sunderland Health Care group, with the support of their academic partners and collaborators will present some of the innovative methods and research that is being undertaken to assist in the identifying and fighting of different infections and sepsis, we hope that this work will once again restore the balance in the on-going battle against infections and further reduce the numbers of death and life changing complications of Sepsis.

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