The project will focus on an electronic test system that identifies the antibiotic for peritonitis in patients with kidney or liver failure. Peritonitis is an infection of the inner lining of the tummy. Left untreated, it can become life threatening.
The choice of anti-biotics has to be made by Doctors based on an educated guess. Often the choice of antibiotics has to be changed after more information arrives from laboratories. By that time many patients are extremely ill and some fatally. It is important that the Doctors managing these patients can obtain reliable antibiotic information quickly to ensure the most lives saved.
Innovate UK have awarded the £1.7m Smart Grant to develop the system. Managing these patients is very expensive and the cost only increases as the infection worsens. We at Datalink hope to reduce that financial burden with the help of our partners.