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Developing technology to detect bloodstream infections more quickly

This is Science Today. Physicians may one day have the capability to diagnose serious bloodstream infections within one hour, rather than wait up to several days for conventional test results. Brian Baker, a postdoctoral research staff member at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is working on such a point-of-care diagnostic test that has the capability of rendering a speedy diagnosis not only in hospitals, but out in the field at emergency shelters or disaster scenes.

Baker:                        The system itself will be handheld, you'll be able to carry it around, it can be battery-operated and it will be able to be fully automated with push-button use, so after loading a sample, it's fully automated from that time.

Narrator:       The lab is working together with collaborators at the University of California at Davis Medical Center.

Baker:                        We have brought together a team of physicians, engineers and people that have expertise in deploying new medical technologies. We want to make sure that what we develop and what we design is something that will have a very major impact on health care.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.