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Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician

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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Spinal tuberculosis update (Pacific Region)

A recent seminar on orthopaedic infections took place organised by the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association.  Here is the presentation: Zoom tutorials – Spine TB Ferguson 2020 final_cb.    References are within the presentation.   Some take home messages:  Epidemiology High burdens of latent … Continue reading

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Introduction to MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry – two webinars

These presentations are targeted to new medical micro lab users, especially those within Fleming Fund LMIC countries. Lecture 1: Principles of MALDI-TOF – Tuesday 16th June 1200-1300hr, AEST, Dr Tony Elias, Senior Microbiology Registrar, Pathology NSW Overview of the theory … Continue reading

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Spirometry and case studies – recent presentations in PNG

Guest posting from Dr John D. Brannan PhD, Scientific Director , Dept Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL, NSW, Australia Spirometry theory and practice from someone who really knows! Accurate measurement the key to diagnosis and treatment- lots of … Continue reading

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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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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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Blood culture tutorials: May 2020 PRIDA course

Presentation 1- Dr J Ferguson,  6/5/2020: Blood cultures 2020 PRIDA Course Ferguson  ,   Recording of session (45 minutes) Presentation 2- Dr J Ferguson, 8/5/20: Blood cultures 2nd 2020 PRIDA Ferguson    Recording (also includes a journal club from Dr Sophen … Continue reading

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Positive blood culture clinician liaison process (microbiology) part 1

Originally posted on Microbiology and Infectious Diseases postgraduate teaching (PRIDA):
Stop press: Gram stain appearance and implications ver 2 2020 Ferguson Documentation! Always note down all clinician discussions in a large personal diary or preferably on the electronic pathology record for the…

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Antimicrobial stewardship – LMIC focus – PRIDA course sessions April 2020

Session 1, 22/4/20  A/Prof J Ferguson: AMR, AMS overview, Knowing your antimicrobials AMS PRIDA Course April 2020 1 Mr Joe Hessell (Pharmacist, Diagnostic Micro Development Program, Cambodia) PRIDA how to implement AMS JH (002) Recording Session 2, 24/4/20 Ferguson: … Continue reading

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COVID19 – PRIDA Course sessions: Overview, IPC, Diagnosis, Outbreak response

8/4/20 Presenters: Drs Nikki Townell  – Coronavirus overview ; John Ferguson – Infection control COVID19 Coronavirus 1 – PRIDA Townell 8Apr2020 COVID-19 IC update Ferguson 8Apr20 PRIDA Session recording (slides and audio) :- 8/4/20 Journal Club: Townell  Paper discussed: … Continue reading

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