LA BioMed Medical/Research Briefs December 2004

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Disquieting Reports of the Scope of Hospital Acquired Infections

With proposed legislation in California, Florida and other states requiring disclosure of the magnitude of nosocomial (in-hospital) infections, attention has centered on the widespread nature of the problem. On December 3 and 4 in Miami, infectious disease experts from around the world will meet to discuss the current treatment and prevention options, as well as delve into the future implications of antibiotic resistance and nosocomial infections. The conference is titled "Focus on Hospital Associated Infections: Advances in the Management and Control."

Conference co-chairman, John Edwards, MD, principal investigator at LA BioMed and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, believes significant inroads can be made toward reducing the number of deaths that occur each year from these serious infections. With 2 million patients infected and $5.5 billion spent every year on these infections, Dr. Edwards believes it is time to focus on the future. According to Edwards, "There are nearly 90,000 preventable deaths each year from severe hospital associated infections that's a Vietnam every year."

Dr. Edwards has also been leading the discussion on the need for the development of new drugs to combat infectious diseases. According to Dr. Edwards:

We are faced now by an alarming but predictable rate of resistance of microorganisms to present-day antibiotics, the emergence of new infectious diseases like AIDS, the West Nile virus and SARS, the reemergence of older infections like tuberculosis, the imminent threat of bioterroism, and the ever present threat of a deadly influenza pandemic.

Despite the critical need for new antiinfective agents (antibiotics, anti-viral drugs and vaccines), the past decade has seen a substantial de

Contact: David Feuerherd
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)

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