It's a problem all too common in hospital emergency rooms and on surgical floors: patients develop sepsis, a life-threatening infection in the blood stream.

Kenneth Lowery, Dir. Laboratory Services at Hamilton Medical Center, says, "We don't want bacteria in the blood at all. Bacteria causes the patient to be very sick and has a toxic response to that bacteria and can ultimately cause death or organ failure."

Hamilton Medical Center is one of the first in our region to implement this new technology to fight resistant blood infections.

Lowery says, "This technology is huge for our organization. Number one because it is better for our patients. We are the second hospital in the state and the only hospital in our region to have this type of technology."

This new diagnostic technology allows medical staff to test directly from patients' blood culture samples, getting the results and correct treatment much faster.

Lowery says, "It's a three-fold, or multi-faceted, effect. One better patient care. Two is the right patient medication and three is you're decreasing hospital stays by almost 48 hours."

And those 48 hours can make a big difference in a life threatening situation.