Scientisis create “artificial nose” to smell blood poisoning
On sunday, during a conference in the United States, scientists presented an artificial nose that can detect odors of germs that cause blood poisoning.
The “nose” shaped like a plastic bottle, is filled with a liquid nutrient that helps the growth of the bacteria. Attached, it has a small variety of chemical spots that change color in response to odors released by the bacteria informer.
This invention, which could help to save lives and reduce medical costs, can incubate blood samples in containers for 24 to 48 hours to see if the bacteria that cause septicemia is active; and another 24 hours or more to identify the type of bacteria to select the appropriate antibiotic to treat the patient
The new device can identify eight of the most common bacteria that cause diseases.