Category Archives: Module-basic microbiology and AMR

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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Positive blood culture clinician liaison process (microbiology) part 1

Documentation! Always note down all clinician discussions in a large personal diary or preferably on the electronic pathology record for the patient’s sample if this exists. Categorise and record the clinical relevance of the positive culture – a standard template to be … 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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Laboratory quality systems and lab capacity building programs

The WHO 2011 Handbook for laboratory quality management systems is the central resource used in developing laboratory systems for quality management. Print it out and get to know every section (below)! Expert Panel: Building Capacity for Diagnostics, GHDONLINE  Boston-based international expert led … Continue reading

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Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) – EUCAST, CLSI, ECOFFs and Clinical Breakpoint determination

EUCAST is increasingly becoming the dominant international standard for various reasons and its procedures and documentation, including breakpoint tables are available online for free.  For a recent overview of EUCAST, see this Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2014 lecture (free access). … Continue reading

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