The three year project involving research teams from Germany, Italy and
Lithuania, was coordinated by the University of Manchester's School of Chemical
Engineering and Analytical Science. The department of Burns and Plastic
Surgery at South Manchester University Hospitals Trust also participated in the
2.2 million project, which received 1.67 million euro in EU funding from the
Sixth Framework Programme for research.
More than 4,000 people die in the EU each year because of accidents caused
by fire and many thousands more are hospitalised to receive treatment for
burns. Most of the burns accidents occur at home or at work and are more
predominant among vulnerable groups like the elderly or young children. Early
diagnosis and treatment of infection in burn patients is critical. However,
despite advances in modern medicine, it can take up to three days for
microbiological tests to identify the bacteria present in the wound. Only after
this identification can doctors select the appropriate treatment.
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