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Quality microbiological diagnostics and antimicrobial susceptibility testing explained

Our recent ‘Lessons from the Field’ paper is now (freely) available via the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response journal It is focused on implementation of quality testing in Pacific Island nations.  Clinicians and others may be interested in the answers … 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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Preparing accurate cumulative antibiograms – some pointers – part 1

Preparation of cumulative antibiograms that describe local bacterial susceptibility patterns is an essential requirement for sensible empirical antibiotic prescribing and guideline development. Over coming weeks, I will share learnings from Australia where all hospitals are compiling antibiograms that are in accord … Continue reading

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