Authors: Trisha Peel (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
The use of surgically-implanted devices is increasing, and with it comes an elevated risk of device-related infections. There are challenges associated with these infections in terms of both diagnosis and treatment, and in our recent interview with Trisha Peel from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), she explains these issues in addition to discussing some promising new approaches.
First, could you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?
My name’s Trisha Peel. I originally trained as an infectious diseases doctor and then went on to do a PhD in orthopedic infections, which was interesting. Currently, I’m an infectious diseases physician with an interest in antimicrobial stewardship, and I also do research at Monash University and Alfred Health (both Melbourne, Australia).
Why are device-related infections an area of unmet need? What are the current challenges surrounding challenges of diagnosis and treatment?
So device-related infections are an area of need because they are a result of common procedures and the number of people undergoing these surgeries, which include prosthetic joint replacement surgery, prosthetic heart valves and pacemakers, is increasing.