Quality microbiological diagnostics and antimicrobial susceptibility testing explained

Our recent ‘Lessons from the Field’ paper is now (freely) available via the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response journal It is focused on implementation of quality testing in Pacific Island nations. 

Clinicians and others may be interested in the answers to these questions which are seldom explained:

  • How does quality microbiological culture and AST enable better patient care?
  • What are the meanings of minimum inhibitory concentration and clinical breakpoints?
  • How is AST usually performed?
  • What challenges occur with AST?
  • What are recent AST data from Pacific Nations showing about AMR?

Ferguson JK, Joseph J, Kangapu S, Townell N, Duke T, Manning L, et al. Quality microbiological diagnostics and antimicrobial susceptibility testing, an essential component of antimicrobial resistance surveillance and control efforts in Pacific island nations. Western Pac Surveill Response J. 2020 Feb;11(1). doi:10.5365/wpsar.2018.9.3.004

About mdjkf

Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician
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