Category Archives: Module-basic microbiology and AMR
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
Guest posting: Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Pathology North. Part 3: Faeces culture plate reading. Video Felix Ferguson.
Guest posting: Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Pathology North. Here is part 2 about urine culture reading. Video by Felix Ferguson. Thank you Chris! Enjoy.
Consider specific diagnostic approaches to each agent, including where relevant, serological testing, antigen detection and nucleic acid amplification methods. Also know what is locally in use in your laboratory. Immunisation – need to know about the vaccines that are available … Continue reading
Here are the three presentations given to National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital Medical Residents over the week commencing 7/5/18. Thank you for attending and I hope they were useful. Please feel free to contact me via email if … Continue reading
Here are example antibiograms for Hunter New England (NSW). These are constructed by assessing the % susceptible for specific bugs and drugs, taking only the first isolate of a species per person per annum. Where is it possible extrapolate susceptibility … Continue reading
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
Contrast the terms phenotype versus genotype and give several examples related to antibiotic resistance in Staph. aureus and Coliforms. What does MLST stand for and how is it determined? What are disadvantages of using resistance genotype compared with a phenotype? … Continue reading
PPHSN Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines – 2010 These are likely to be updated before too long. They are produced by PICNet – Pacific regional Infection Control Network. Updated PNG Infection Control Guidelines are expected soon.