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Asthma and COPD- updates from Professor Wark – PNG 2020 March

Guest posting: Professor Peter Wark, University of Newcastle These presentations highlight the important issues for clinicians concerning these common conditions.  Note the limited role for antibiotics in the management of acute exacerbations of these conditions. Challenges and opportunities in Asthma … Continue reading

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Video masterclass : respiratory plate reading

Guest posting: Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Pathology North. Another excellent class from Chris. This was previously sitting at the end of the faeces reading video. Part 5: Respiratory culture plate reading.  Video Felix Ferguson. 18 minutes.  

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Antimicrobial susceptibility testing – video masterclasses – Fiona Courtney

Consumables for AST – Set up of AST – Reading of the AST result – Thank you Fiona for these excellent explanations!  

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Video masterclass- part 3- Faeces plate reading- Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith

Guest posting: Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Pathology North. Part 3: Faeces culture plate reading.  Video Felix Ferguson. 8 minutes.

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Video masterclass – Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith – part 2- urine culture reading

Guest posting: Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Pathology North. Here is part 2 about urine culture reading. Video by Felix Ferguson. Thank you Chris! Enjoy.

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Practical bacteriology bench reading – wound swabs – video masterclasses from Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith

  20 minutes. Filming and production Felix Ferguson.

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AST, MIC, Clinical Breakpoints, ECOFFs and AST QC

Please remember to revise this page for the detailed explanations about AST, MICs, Breakpoints, ECOFFs etc.  A summary of relevant concepts is here – Antimicrobial susceptibility testing practical approaches to quality control Nov 2016. Some questions that arose in today’s tutorial-  1. … Continue reading

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Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) – EUCAST, CLSI, ECOFFs and Clinical Breakpoint determination

EUCAST is increasingly becoming the dominant international standard for various reasons and its procedures and documentation, including breakpoint tables are available online for free.  For a recent overview of EUCAST, see this Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2014 lecture (free access). … Continue reading

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Varicella zoster – three illustrative cases

Guest posting: Dr Holly Jordan, Physician Trainee, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.  Case 1: 76F presents with headache, lethargy and behavioural changes 1 week post developing unilateral vesicular rash of the upper limb. Case 2: u73F presents with 3-4 days … Continue reading

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Blood culture liaison process – advice by organism type- Gram negatives

Under construction (May 2020) SECOND CLINICIAN CALL: Confirmed culture identification with susceptibility available Prior to calling, check the isolate antibiogram to see that species and susceptibility are consistent with each other – see EUCAST Expert rules which provide intrinsic resistance … Continue reading

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