Category Archives: Module-basic microbiology and AMR

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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You are what you eat – or should our gut microbiome be considered an important body system in its own right?

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Guest posting: Assoc. Prof. Josh Davis,  Principal Research Fellow/NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Senior Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases Physician, John Hunter Hospital, Conjoint Professor School of Medicine and Public Health, University of…

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Basic microbiology module- short answer questions – annotated

Contrast the structure of gram negative and gram positive cell walls :  This posting may be of interest – it contrasts why Gram negative and positive bacteria exhibit different antimicrobial susceptibilities. A knowledge of how the peptidoglycan cell wall is … Continue reading

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Antibiotic resistance and prescribing presentation & quiz- Year 5 UPNG

Here is a copy of the presentation from the session given to year 5 Medicine students, February 2017 : year-5-presentation-ferguson-2017-b.  Please send me your comments or further questions or put down a comment on this web posting! Here are the pre-session … Continue reading

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Human Intestinal Microbiome in Health and Disease – recent short NEJM review

Short interesting review of this cutting edge topic for your December delectation!    “Human-associated microbes have primarily been viewed through the lens of a single species and its environment. Advances in culture independent technologies have shown the enormous diversity, functional … Continue reading

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How well is your lab performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing?

Production of reliable AST results is critical for clinicians and their patients. AST results enable correct antibiotic therapy to be directed against the specific pathogen(s). Please review this brief presentations from our bacteriology scientist Fiona Oehme.  EUCAST AST Quality Control F Courtney 2016 … Continue reading

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