New breath test for pneumonia

A study by colleagues at Salford and Manchester found that chemically analysing breath specimens from patients in intensive care can reveal bacterial infection in the lower respiratory tract of ventilated patients at risk of developing pneumonia.

The unique ‘first in man’ project was carried out at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Manchester Centre for Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, and the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and was a proof-of-concept study that has provided significant evidence leading to a larger research programme involving patients across Greater Manchester.

Although the work is in its early stages, the findings so far look very exciting and could potentially have a huge effect on clinical practice – healthcare associated infections are a major issue worldwide.

Dr Stephen Fowler, Clinical Lecturer in the University’s Centre for Respiratory Medicine and Allergy based at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have attracted National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation (NIHR i4i) funding for the next three years to work on this. Our findings so far have been very exciting and we are optimistic that this research will be of real impact clinically.”

You can read more about the stuy on the Salford Research website

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More articles     Posted on: 29 June 2015