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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.

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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 and respiratory plates – video masterclasses from Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith

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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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How to do a minor research thesis (for instance an M. Med study report)

Here is an excellent overview from Professor Trevor Duke who is a conjoint academic with UPNG.  Follow his advice when setting up the study and writing its report. Abstract:  Many universities and colleges in low-income and middle-income countries require a masters … Continue reading

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Bacteriology 101

Pre-analytical issues Correct indication for testing – concept of ‘diagnostic stewardship’ Patient identification and sample labelling Correct specimen collection- avoid contamination- esp. blood culture Correct transport and storage Reject poor samples – sputum with no PMNs squames++, urinary catheters, wound … Continue reading

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Laboratory diagnosis of fungal disease- selective overview

Organism Microscopy Culture and identification Non-culture methods General Histopath PAS & silver stains etc. K0H with Parker ink (skin scrapings/nails) SAB (Saborauds dextrose agar) medium +/- antibiotics +/- cycloheximide For other media, see here. Blue thymol blue sticky tape preparation … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis update 2018 from A/Prof Anna Ralph

Guest posting: Associate Professor Anna Ralph, Director of Global and Tropical Health at Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.  News :  UN General Assembly first ever High-Level Meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, September 28th 2018. New(ish) WHO … Continue reading

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