Posts tagged: urinary tract infection

From a Chronic Urinary Tract Infection to Disability: The Dangers of Bacterial Biofilms

When most of us think of diabetes, urinary tract infection isn’t something that immediately comes to mind.  Of course, there are the usual complications, such as heart disease, kidney damage, foot ulcers, and blindness—but increased susceptibility to infections is something that many people miss.  For an acquaintance of mine, however, a chronic, treatment resistant, urinary tract infection has come to define her diabetic experience of the last 10 months.

Despite having her blood sugar levels under strict control, my acquaintance went a little overboard last Christmas, enjoying a few too many cookies and chocolates—something all of us have been guilty of at one time or another.  Sugar, unfortunately for diabetics, and my acquaintance, thickens the blood and makes it more difficult to supply organs such as the heart, kidneys, and nerves with oxygen.   As a result of this little misadventure, she developed very specific type of nerve damage, called neurogenic bladder.   Neurogenic bladder, in a nutshell, damages the involuntary nerves that make urination possible and allow the bladder to be emptied.

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New Application of Photodynamic Disinfection to be Funded by UK’s Medical Research Council: Catheter-Associated Infection Prevention

Today we announced a significant new opportunity for both our company and for the Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) world. By awarding our groups a £ 1 million award to develop PDT based products to prevent catheter associated infections, the UK Government has validated the need for solutions as well as endorsed the potential of Photodynamic Therapy in this role.

Together with a team of multi-disciplined experts at University College London (UCL), Ondine will collaborate on an important new initiative which leverages our combined 30 plus years of history in photodynamics to develop a new major class of medical devices based on Photodynamic disinfection. The new class of products will address the multi-billion dollar issue of catheter-associated infections, firmly placing Ondine as a leading supplier of innovative non-antibiotic products addressing  the $35-$45 billion per year healthcare-associated infection (HAI) market1. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are considered to be the largest source of HAIs, representing about 30% of all reported cases, with catheter-associated UTIs representing 75% of this number. Read more »

Prevention of catheter-associated UTI is focus of new CDC Guidelines

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a national guideline on the prevention of catheter-associated UTIs. Dr. Carolyn Gould, the primary author of these guidelines, has blogged to bring awareness to this growing group of infections. In her post, she calls catheter-associated UTIs “one of the most common, yet most preventable” types of healthcare-associated infections.

The new CDC guideline for the prevention of catheter-associated UTIs is an updated and expanded version of the original published thirty years ago. Today, urinary tract infections are the #1 most common healthcare-associated infection. They account for 30% of all reported cases of HAIs and are responsible for killing an estimated 13,000 Americans every year2. Read more »

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