Healthcare associated infections

Healthcare acquired infections increase the mortality during Covid-treatment

Overuse of antibiotics and superbugs could be worsening the Covid-19 pandemic in India, according to an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study of 10 hospitals. The study showed that more than half of the Covid-19 patients who get a secondary bacterial or fungal infection die. Covid-19 mortality worldwide is 10 %, the subgroup of patients...

This is how Bactiguard helps prevent infections and save lives

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most acute health risks of our time. The threat is often referred to as "the silent tsunami" and could potentially nullify hundreds of years of medical progress, according to the WHO. To counteract the resistance, we need to prevent infections in healthcare and in our everyday lives - a challenge for which the...

46% of critically ill COVID-19 patients developed HAI according to new study

A recent Italian publication has studied hospital-acquired infections (HAI) in critically ill COVID-19 patients. 774 patients with COVID-19 treated at intensive care unit (ICU) at 8 hospitals in Italy were included. The publication1 shows that 46 % of the critically ill COVID-19 patients developed HAI, of which 38 % were caused by multi-drug...

The Economist paints a scary vision of the future

In an imagined scenario from 2041 the Economist describes how the world belatedly responded to antimicrobial resistance. If antibiotics stop working, the superbugs will spread rapidly. According to a study published in the scientific journal The Lancet1 in November 2018 more than 33,000 people die in Europe every year as a direct consequence of...

Minister Lena Hallengren mentions Bactiguard as an good example in India

In an interview with Times of India, Lena Hallengren, the Swedish minister of Social Affairs mentions Bactiguard as one of the Swedish companies contributing to developing the healthcare sector in India. On a delegation trip to India the national magazine Times of India made an interview with the Swedish minister of Social Affairs, Lena...

Play the interactive WHO game to learn more about antibiotics

The on-going annual World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a WHO initiative to put antibiotic resistance (AMR) in the spotlight and increase awareness. It also aims to encourage best practices to avoid the further emergence and spread of AMR. Now everyone can learn more trough an interactive game developed by the WHO. Our time with antibiotics is...

Bactiguard supports the Swedish foundation Prematurföreningen Mirakel

Modern, advanced healthcare is dependent on effective antibiotics. But incorrect and excessive use of antibiotics has allowed resistant bacteria to spread rapidly throughout the world. If this development doesn’t halt, common infections will be hard to treat and even become incurable. Premature care is an example where multi-resistant bacteria...

Patients prefer Bactiguard in Swedish study

Yesterday at the ongoing "Urologidagarna" (Urology Days), arranged by the Swedish Urological Society, a Swedish study was presented about Bactiguard's Infection Protection Foley Catheter Silicone (BIP Foley). The study shows that 28 out 31 patients, who switched from a standard catheter to the BIP Foley Catheter, felt that the change led to both...

“Recognizing Sepsis as a Global Health Priority — A WHO Resolution” in the New England Journal of Medicine

On June 29, 2017, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published an article detailing the Global Sepsis Alliance’s (GSA) perspective on the World Health Organization (WHO) resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis, and management of sepsis. The term “sepsis” dates to at least the time of Hippocrates, who considered it the...

The World Health Organization adopts resolution to fight sepsis

On 26 May 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. The resolution urges governments to strengthen their policies in infection prevention and to decrease the spread of antimicrobial resistance. The resolution itself focuses on the following key preventive actions:...

High antimicrobial resistance identified in Indian neonatal and pediatric blood stream infections

A recent in-depth review published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (Oxford University Press) has identified extremely high rates of antimicrobial resistance to bloodstream infections in neonates and children in India. In a survey of over 50,000 reported blood cultures, almost one-third (29.1%) were positive for...

Bloodstream infections the most common type of healthcare-associated infections in children in European ICUs

A study published by The Lancet Infectious Diseases found that the prevalence of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) was the highest in pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) with one in six children having an infection. In neonatal ICUs, 1 in 10 babies were infected. The study was based on data from the European Center for Disease Control...

Bactiguard launches tool to reduce healthcare associated infections

Urinary tract infections resulting from the use of indwelling urinary catheters are one of the most common healthcare associated infections, causing patient suffering and a large financial strain on healthcare systems. These infections can also result in more serious complications such as bloodstream infections with high mortality rates. These...

APIC International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW)

This week is the annual International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), , and aims to raise awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. IIPW is organized by the US-based Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) which is the leading professional association for infection...

Recognizing the 5th World Sepsis Day

World Sepsis Day, on September 13, is a collaborative project organized by the Global Sepsis Alliance and relevant non-governmental stakeholders with the aim of raising awareness on one of the most common yet least-recognized illnesses. Sepsis is the main cause of death from infection and kills more people than cancer in the developed world.[1]...

Developing a new generation of catheters

Bactiguard and BioInteractions have received a European research grant aimed at developing a new generation of vascular access catheters, with new bio-smart materials for medical devices. The technology will be developed in a joint project with BioInteractions, UK and Bactiguard, financed by VINNOVA and Innovate UK. Some of the most serious...

Top researchers, hospital managers and companies in joint effort to combat infectious disease

The 11th edition of the Swedish American Life Science Summit in Stockholm took place on August 19-21, gathering scientists, doctors, industry representatives and investors from around the world. The main purpose of the annual conference is to create business opportunities and exchange ideas between the participants, transforming research to...

Things to consider before travelling

It´s summer time, vacation is approaching and many travel abroad. If you are planning a trip, there are some things to consider to be on the safe side. Hospital acquired infections (HAI) and the spread of multi resistant bacteria is a global problem affecting us all, where we live and while travelling you expose yourself to an increased risk of...

Antimicrobial resistance – people at risk of dying of common infections

Every year, as many as 500 000 people die from common infections, as they can no longer be treated with antibiotics due to antimicrobial resistance. This situation also has an impact on the economy, with a cost of about 1.5 billion euro for increased healthcare cost and loss of productivity in the EU alone. And the problem is steadily growing....

Save lives – Clean Your Hands

Good hand hygiene is essential to avoid infections and can reduce healthcare associated infections and, most important of all, save millions of lives. Today May 5 is the annual Save Lives: Clean your hands campaign, initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) aiming to increase awareness about the importance of hand hygiene in order to save...

Ten million people at risk if antimicrobial resistance isn’t tackled

Infectious diseases, caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria, are a steadily increasing problem around the world. The consequences are huge, both from a human and economic perspective. If action is not taken, about ten million lives are at risk and cost is expected to reach above 100 trillion USD in 2050. This is stated in the report “Review on...

Kick off for Latin America

Latin America and the imminent sales start in Chile and Brazil was the focus of Bactiguard’s attention in the second week of October. In March 2014, Bactiguard signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Promedon for Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico and now, two of these markets are ready to launch. A two-day interactive sales training...

Bactiguard’s Endotracheal Tube and Central Venous Catheter available in the Middle East markets

The Swedish Medtech company Bactiguard has made its full portfolio of infection protection products available in Middle East markets. In addition to the BIP Foley Catheters that are already available, Bactiguard´s BIP Endotracheal Tube and BIP Central Venous Catheter will now be introduced. The new products will be sold through Gulf Medical...