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Penny Wilson's Biography

Penny Wilson, Lead Specialist, Technology Strategy Board

As part of the Technology Strategy Board’s Healthcare team Dr Penny Wilson oversees the organisation’s programme on the Detection and Identification of Infectious Agents. Penny has spent over 20 years in the Diagnostics Industry in a variety of senior technical and strategic roles. In recent years Penny has focused on point-of-care diagnostic systems, from both a technical and societal perspective, and on stratified healthcare and personalised medicine. Her expertise spans human, animal and plant diagnostics and she has considerable expertise in assessing the diagnostic and healthcare needs in both the developed and developing world.

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Point-of-care Diagnostics and the Challenges of Sepsis

Thursday, 10 May 2012 at 14:15

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The documented incidence of sepsis worldwide is 1.8 million cases per year but low diagnostic rates and difficulties in tracking it in some countries mean this is likely to be a significant underestimate. The true number is likely to exceed18 million cases. The mortality rate from severe sepsis is 28-50%. In the UK patients with severe sepsis use 46% of all intensive care unit bed days and the risk of death increases by 6-10% every hour from onset of septic shock to the start of effective treatment. The UK’s Technology Strategy Board is supporting a portfolio of projects to develop diagnostic tools that will be of value in the management of sepsis and allow therapeutic intervention at an earlier point in the patient care pathway, ideally before the onset of sepsis. Multi- pathogen detection in hospitals and simple discrimination between pathogens in primary care are some of the capabilities that will be presented and discussed.

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