This Infographic Shows Us How Deadly Superbugs Really Are
They’re floating in the water and buried in the soil – they’re antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and they’ve outsmarted humans.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that no longer respond to the drugs doctors try to use to overpower them are killing 700,000 people each year, according to a new report from the Healthcare Infection Society.
And that number is set to grow exponentially in the coming years as long as our fervent use of antibiotics continues to increase.
Doctors commonly treat bacterial infections with antibiotics, and when one drug doesn’t work, doctors try another. This is a bad move however since antibiotic-resistant bacteria tend to pass on their resistance genes.
Over time bacteria evolve, and as a result, some of our infections are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics on the market.
Deaths attributed to bacteria are set to exceed deaths caused by cancer (as shown in the infographic below) and it’s a trend that has already begun to take shape. Between 2000 and 2010, international sales of antibiotics for human use rose by 40 percent, the report by the society found, with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa making up three-quarters of that increase.
Ramanan Laxminarayan, health economist and professor, has stated that “it has been a long time since people died of untreatable bacterial infections and the prospect of returning to that world is worrying.”
Antibiotics have been used to treat deadly diseases throughout time, but they have also been used on a smaller scale for treating the flu and cold-like symptoms. Laxminarayan noted during a recent TEDMED discussion that antibiotics have been used on a large scale sub-therapeutically, to increase the sizes of chickens and hogs faster.
Due to this massive use of antibiotics around the world, it has imposed such large selection pressure on bacteria that resistance is now a problem because “we’ve now selected the resistant bacteria.”
If our behavior doesn’t change, it could take humanity about a century back in time in terms of deaths from infections.
“Antimicrobial resistance threatens many of the most important medical advances we have made,” the authors of the report wrote.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”