Jane A. Steer

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The use of quantitative bacteriology in the burns unit has been thought to be efficient in predicting sepsis or graft loss. To examine the relationship between clinical outcome and bacterial densities on and in the burn wound, 69 biopsy/surface swab pairs were collected from 47 patients on 64 occasions, either immediately prior to excision and grafting, or(More)
The diagnosis and treatment of burn wound infection is commonly determined by clinical impression and the qualitative results of surface swabs. It has been suggested that quantitative bacteriology from burn wound biopsies confirms burn wound infection and improves patient management. Methods for quantitating surface flora have been described, but(More)
Hospital outbreaks of group A streptococcal (GAS) infection can be devastating and occasionally result in the death of previously well patients. Approximately one in ten cases of severe GAS infection is healthcare-associated. This guidance, produced by a multidisciplinary working group, provides an evidence-based systematic approach to the investigation of(More)
Despite advances in the use of topical and parenteral antimicrobial therapy, and the practice of early tangential excision, infection of the burn wound remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to survey and compare wound management and antibiotic usage in burn surgery in all UK burn centres. A postal questionnaire was(More)
Infection is a major concern with medical implants. Surgical meshes used for the repair of abdominal wall hernias are associated with wound infection rates ranging from 7 to 18 %. Although mesh infection is relatively rare, once a patient shows clinical signs of mesh infection, the surgeon may be required to remove the mesh, resulting in additional surgery,(More)
The adhesion of bacteria to surgical implants is the first stage of implant infection. The method for detecting bound bacteria is an important consideration in the study of bacterial adherence and colonisation. Enumeration of bacteria by direct visualisation techniques is labour intensive and time consuming. We have developed and validated a method for(More)
Panton-Valentine leukocidin toxin producing Staphylococcus aureus (PVLSA) is known to be responsible for recurrent soft tissue infections and more serious invasive infections including necrotising pneumonia, pyomyositis, and osteomyelitis. Most reported cases involving musculoskeletal infection in adults are associated with methicillin-resistant S. aureus(More)
Patients with severe burns are susceptible to infection with Gram-positive organisms including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and often require higher antibiotic dosages compared with other patients. This study examined the pharmacokinetics of a single iv dose of teicoplanin (12 mg/kg) in 15 adults and five children with severe burns. Adults(More)
We assessed the ability of three commercial systems to infer carbapenem resistance mechanisms in 39 carbapenemase-producing and 16 other carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. The sensitivity/specificity values for "flagging" a likely carbapenemase were 100%/0% (BD Phoenix), 82 to 85%/6 to 19% (MicroScan), and 74%/38% (Vitek 2), respectively. OXA-48(More)
A patient with chronic moderate neutropenia, acute hemolysis, and pyrexia was found to be infected with a novel hemoplasma species. A clinical response to doxycyline was noted, and moxifloxacin was added subsequently to aid infection clearance. This represents the first report of hemolysis in association with confirmed hemoplasma infection in a human.