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What’s it all about?

When our hospital admits a trauma patient, we take blood and tissue samples. Our laboratories can then look for infections the patient either has or might be vulnerable to. One of the difficulties for the laboratories which test the samples is that a human body will usually be home to many different microbes at any time. Normal tests only detect a few of these infections, antibiotics will have affected the sample and some infections do not grow easily in the laboratory. This research will use new ways to identify more of these microbes and work out what dangers they pose to trauma patients.

Can I get involved?

In general, we will be using samples which have been collected for routine diagnosis. However, sometimes we might ask for extra samples. If you are a patient, this might require your consent.

How will this research help people?

If successful, the research will provide new information about microbes. This will help to identify those which are most dangerous to each patient. The research will also look at how this can then be used treat individual patients.

How does the research work?

Our researchers will take samples from around 100 trauma patients each year and subject those samples to techniques such as molecular profiling to uncover the full range of infections in trauma patients.

They will also collect samples to work out how these infections respond to treatment, including antibiotics and different kinds of dressings.