OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have received a $10 million grant to study antibiotic-resistant infections linked to implanted devices.
Researcher Ken Bayles says his team is working to find ways to get rid of the staph infection methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, that can form on medical devices before they are implanted in people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated last year that MRSA kills about 11,000 people annually.
Roughly 1-to-5 percent of implanted devices are infected with bacteria. And if the bacteria can't be treated with antibiotics, the device has to be removed, so the infection can be treated and then replaced.