Simon Booth is examining whether burns patients with wound infection receive high enough doses of antibiotics to treat the wound infection.
The study, approved by the National Research Ethics Service, involves taking blood and wound fluid samples to see whether there is sufficient concentrations in the wound compared to blood and if the bacteria in the wound have resistance to the antibiotics.
Simon, seconded from the Queen Victoria Hospital Burns Centre at East Grinstead, said: “Burns wounds infections are very common and yet people who are given antibiotics do not always improve, even when we know the bacteria should be killed by the antibiotics. This is particularly concerning with the rise of antimicrobial resistant infections.”
Simon, a Research Fellow in the university’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, will be collecting wound samples from four other regional burns centres.
From left to right: Paul Jackson, CEO Hospital Saturday Fund, Simon Booth, Burn Research Fellow, and Simon’s supervisor, Dr Brian Jones, Deputy Head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences