Monthly Archives: November 2015

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015 on AIMED: our top ten posts

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Just in case you missed them, here are the top ten most visited posts we have published over the last year. Special thanks to our audience – we target local prescribers…

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Must know Gram negative pathogens for medicine and pathology registrars/residents

By focusing your study on these organisms first, you will gain knowledge that is generalisable across most less common pathogens and diseases. Be systematic in your study – see proforma. Enterobacteriaceae : E. coli, Klebsiella sp, Proteus sp, Enterobacter sp,  Salmonella … Continue reading

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Dientamoeba fragilis morphological diagnosis and clinical relevance

Dientamoeba fragilis measures 9-12 uM and have 1-2 nuclei (nearly half have only 1 nucleus). Important notice from RCPA 2015 concerning the (overall lack of) significance of Dientamoeba and Blastocystis detected in stool.  [Multiplex faecal PCR assays often include these … Continue reading

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Childhood pneumonia and its prevention (World pneumonia day yesterday!)

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Learn about Pneumonia: Facts, Figures and What You Can Do  [link fixed]  Pneumonia Innovation Summit proceedings 2015 Preventing Pneumonia – CDC resource (USA): in the USA, pcv-13 vaccine is used initially to optimise…

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Must know Gram positive bacterial pathogens for medical and pathology registrars/residents

By focusing your study on these organisms first, you will gain knowledge that is generalisable across most less common pathogens and diseases. Be systematic in your study – see proforma.  Future postings will provide background on key emerging issues with each … Continue reading

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ISBAR – an essential process for improving clinical handover and liaison by pathology services

Structured conversations between clinicians or between pathologists and clinicians are a good idea – poor communication risks patient safety and contributes to adverse outcomes.  The ISBAR framework enables clear, focused and information relevant clinical communications.  Photo – blue ‘ISBAR’ species of chicken!

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Hymenolepis nana morphological diagnosis and an invasive case description

Hymenolepis nana causes dwarf tapeworm infection (hymenolepiasis).

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