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At SMH, germ warfare evolves into “park management”

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When it comes to fighting germs, standard therapy used to entail all-out germ warfare. That’s no longer the case at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where infectious disease specialists are adopting a less destructive “park management” approach – weeding out only those critters that are harmful and leaving intact those that help maintain a healthy balance in our human ecosystem.

In this ABC7 segment, Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, discusses advances in research, laboratory testing and therapies now allowing doctors to set their sights before attacking germs in their patients – zeroing in on just the kind of bugs they should target.

“So instead of dropping the hydrogen bomb, we can use a laser and just kill what we want to kill,” said Gordillo, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Infection Prevention and Control Department.


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