Aims and Objectives
Bloodstream infections (BSI's) are leading causes of death. They may complicate localised infections and they often lead to severe sepsis with fatal outcome. It is roughly estimated that BSI's are the third cause of mortality in the United States and in Western Europe. Endocarditis is the most common cause of BSI by Gram-positive cocci. The striking epidemiology imposes clear-cut questions for the WG to deal with:
- How is epidemiology of BSI's changing and which are the drivers for changes?
- How can evolving molecular techniques help in early diagnosis and management?
- What is the place of new antimicrobial agents in current management?
- How can BSI give rise to severe sepsis?
The aims of the Working Group are as follows -
- Provide education in the fields of epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of BSI's through conferences and conference proceedings
- Coordinate research in the field
The ISC Working Group on Endocarditis and Bloodstream Infections (BSI) have recently sponsored a research grant supporting scientific research projects in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy of endocarditis and bloodstream infections. For more information please click HERE.