Anna K. Boardman

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Traditional methods for identifying pathogens in bacteremic patients are slow (24-48+ h). This can lead to physicians making treatment decisions based on an incomplete diagnosis and potentially increasing the patient's mortality risk. To decrease time to diagnosis, we have developed a novel technology that can recover viable bacteria directly from whole(More)
To accurately diagnose microbial infections in blood, it is essential to recover as many microorganisms from a sample as possible. Unfortunately, recovering such microorganisms depends significantly on their adhesion to the surfaces of diagnostic devices. Consequently, we sought to minimize the adhesion of methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)(More)
A strong natural selection for microbial antibiotic resistance has resulted from the extensive use and misuse of antibiotics. Though multiple factors are responsible for this crisis, the most significant factor - widespread prescription of broad-spectrum antibiotics - is largely driven by the fact that the standard process for determining antibiotic(More)
The Spatial Arrangement Memory Testing Unit is a new apparatus which has been designed to provide a low-cost, portable instrument for assessing visuo-spatial memory performance. It is particularly useful for aiding diagnosis and planning rehabilitation programmes for patients that have suffered brain damage. The application of microprocessor technology has(More)
Appropriate care for bacteremic patients is dictated by the amount of time needed for an accurate diagnosis. However, the concentration of microbes in the blood is extremely low in these patients (1-100 CFU/mL), traditionally requiring growth (blood culture) or amplification (e.g., PCR) for detection. Current culture-based methods can take a minimum of two(More)