Monthly Archives: September 2015

Community Acquired Pneumonia – updated HNELHD Guideline

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
The updated Hunter New England guideline,  Adult Community Acquired Pneumonia: Initial Investigation and Empiric Antibiotic Therapy has now been released. Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common cause of hospital admission, carrying…

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Cyclospora cayetanensis – practical morphology

Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts are similar to Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts but are approx. twice as large. Both are acid fast and stain pink/red/burgundy with safranin . Cyclospora can be more acid-fast variable and can have a bubbly appearance and be granular. In unstained wet mounts, Cyclospora appear glassy … Continue reading

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Antimicrobial resistance: WHY it matters, HOW did it arise and WHAT can we do about it – PNG focus

Global status of AMR with focus on PNG Medical Symposium Sept 2015 Why does AMR matter? Antimicrobial resistance kills- mortality higher for resistant pathogens AMR hampers the control of infectious diseases – prolonged infectivity – eg. MDR-TB AMR increases the … Continue reading

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Role of pathologists (microbiology) in antimicrobial resistance control – presentation from PNG symposium

PNG symposium , pathologist meeting presentation –  Role of pathologists in AMR control Ferguson PNG Sept 2015. Microbiology underpins every process to do with AMR control (see graphic from react.org below).  Pathology registrars and pathologists need to develop expertise across … Continue reading

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