An Australian native plant: A novel antimicrobial for the treatment of MRSA

Hogan, R.C. & Collet, T.A. (2014) An Australian native plant: A novel antimicrobial for the treatment of MRSA. In Australian Wound Management Association Inc. Science Week, 16 August 2014, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)

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Chronic wounds, often associated with venous and arterial ulcers, diabetes and pressure sores, is an area of great concern. In Australia, the cost of treating chronic wounds is conservatively estimated at $285 million/annum for the treatment of pressure ulcers and $654 million annually for the treatment and management of leg ulcers. Current figures indicate that more than seven million people suffer from chronic wounds worldwide with Australians accounting for approximately 600,000 of this number. Bacterial infection of the wound site is a major issue as contamination of a chronic wound with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) significantly delays wound healing. Further, once systemic, current antibiotic therapies capable of treating the infection are limited. Aboriginal bush medicine has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of wounds and sores. Hence, we selected a native Australian plant to evaluate its bactericidal activity against MRSA.

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ID Code: 84333
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, chronic wounds, bacteria, Australian native plant, medicinal plant, antimicrobial, bactericidal
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 20 May 2015 01:33
Last Modified: 20 May 2015 01:35

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