Category Archives: Module-basic microbiology and AMR

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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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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Virology overview

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

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NAMS Nepal presentations 2018 (JK Ferguson)

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

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How to read the cumulative antibiogram and its usefulness

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

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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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Module 1 2018 – additional short answer questions

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

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Infection control guidelines – Pacific Nations

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.

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