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What’s it all about?

This research is all about learning how infections spread within groups of trauma patients, using a system which can tell with great accuracy how an infection is changing as it spreads. This information helps us to learn how an infection spreads and then stop it. The researchers will use DNA sequencing to look at samples from trauma patients and identify the infections and how they are spreading.

How will this research help people?

Trauma patients can get infections because their injuries can expose internal parts of their body to microbes in the environment. This can happen when:

  • air or objects enter the body. Example: When someone is stabbed and the knife is dirty.
  • parts of the body normally separate come into contact with each other. Example: When someone falls and the impact does not break the skin but causes bleeding inside part of the brain where blood does not normally flow.

The research could lead to new ways for hospitals to spot and track infections. This could lead to better ways of stopping and fighting infections.

How does the research work?

Researchers will use a machine called a DNA sequencer to analyse 200 samples each year to work out how infections spread and to predict how they will change.