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Act Fast Against Infection

The death toll from antibiotic-resistant infections in Europe is approximately 33,000 per year, according to statistics from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. This number is alarming in itself – and that’s even without adding on deaths associated with antifungal-resistant infections, or those that take place in the rest of the world. With such a stark view of our current infectious disease reality, it’s clear that there is a need for clinicians and healthcare professionals to take action against antimicrobial-resistant infections. And, with European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases just around the corner, now is an especially relevant time to examine the situation from the infection management perspective – from blood draw to pathology.

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About the Author

Matthieu Legrand

Professor Legrand specializes in anesthesiology and critical care medicine with a specific interest in critical care nephrology, sepsis, health-care associated infection treatment and prevention, and burn critical care. He is Medical Director of the Surgical and Burn Intensive Care Units of St-Louis Hospital, Paris, France.

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