Category Archives: Infectious diseases

Community Acquired Pneumonia – updated HNELHD Guideline

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
The updated Hunter New England guideline,  Adult Community Acquired Pneumonia: Initial Investigation and Empiric Antibiotic Therapy has now been released. Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common cause of hospital admission, carrying…

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Case report (from AAC): Community-Acquired Pyelonephritis in Pregnancy Caused by KPC-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae

Abstract (full case report with expert commentary is free) Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) usually infect patients with significant comorbidities and health care exposures. We present a case of a pregnant woman who developed community-acquired pyelonephritis caused by KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae. Despite … Continue reading

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Acute infections that present with a normal or low white cell count (doxycycline deficiency!)

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
There is a long list that will vary according to your locale.  Across Northern NSW, the important ones to consider include: Viral illnesses including influenza, adenovirus, viral hepatitis, parvovirus, EBV…

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How long should we treat Intra-abdominal Infections for? RCT evidence

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
A recent randomised trial has shown that patients who receive fixed duration antibiotic therapy (approximately 4 days) had similar outcomes to patients who received longer courses (approximately 8 days). 518 patients…

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Focus on Control of AMR at Nepal Society for Internal Medicine (SIMON) conference 2015- links to WHO resources

The SIMON conference next week (23-25th April) will examine the AMR problem globally and within Nepal and discuss necessary control approaches.  Dr Abdul Ghafur from Chennai (behind the Chennai Declaration) will be participating. Key references include: 1. The WHO Draft Global … Continue reading

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Chimpanzee Adenovirus Vector Ebola Vaccine

Promising work – an immunogenic vaccine in phase 1 trial reported just this week. Accompanying editorial worth a read as are many of the other papers.

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Infectious diseases 101

Some thoughts to stimulate discussion! Make friends with your enemy (micro-organisms). Know a lot about The most important pathogens. Be systematic and critical about your knowledge and study. Access local research and expertise as much as possible. Contribute to research. … Continue reading

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