Monthly Archives: October 2015

Practical bench microbiology – summaries from Dr Ashhurst-Smith

These notes summarise much of Chris’s recent teaching during the revision sessions held in Port Moresby mid year, 2015.  We hope to augment them with small teaching videos of plate reading. Stool, Urine, Respiratory specimen setup and culture reading 2015 Blood … Continue reading

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Blood cultures – recommended readings

Blood cultures overview- question guide to key issues 2015 Technical discussion by Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Senior Bacteriologist from Newcastle Registrars BCs CAS OCT 2015 Presentation Dr J Ferguson,  Blood cultures 2013 Ferguson Presentation Dr J Ferguson, Sepsis Ferguson 2013 Blood culture sampling guide … Continue reading

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Maximising the value of blood cultures

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Blood cultures give a critically important window on bacterial and fungal sepsis, providing direct patient treatment guidance and reliable antimicrobial susceptibility data that are used to construct cumulative antibiograms and empirical treatment guidelines.…

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Standard precautions (infection control)- what is included?

What is included as part of Standard Precautions? Essentially SP are a base level contact precaution model – preventing transmission by Direct or Indirect contact modes. The assumption is also made that all blood/body fluids are potentially infectious and measures … Continue reading

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Laboratory quality systems and lab capacity building programs

The WHO 2011 Handbook for laboratory quality management systems is the central resource used in developing laboratory systems for quality management. Print it out and get to know every section (below)! Expert Panel: Building Capacity for Diagnostics, GHDONLINE  Boston-based international expert led … Continue reading

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Helicobacter pylori antibiotic resistance dilemmas and key questions

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Helicobacter pylori infection is thought to be the most common bacterial infection worldwide. Whilst the prevalence of H. pylori is decreasing rapidly in Europe, Australia and the USA, where on average 10-15% of…

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Whip (flagellate) it good: the sound of a bacterium swimming

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Scientists synthesise sound of single bacterium swimming – full story.  Some mean machine! Dr Ashley Nord and Dr Matt Baker synthesised the sound of this whirring propeller when they attached microscopic…

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