A simple test to identify MRSA in wounds could identify the 'superbug' quickly and help prevent infection from spreading. Scientists have developed the test to show whether wounds or lesions are infected with bacteria and if MRSA is present.
The proposed new test works by works by taking swabs from a wound or sores. These are then analysed using a strip with electrical sensors that can detect MRSA.
Detecting bacteria more quickly than compared to conventional tests would also enable more effective drugs to be given to the patient straight away.
The test was developed using swabs from diabetic foot ulcers taken from patients attending NHS Lothian's Diabetic Foot Clinic at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
For more details, see the press release from the University of Edinburgh.