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Guest posting:  Jason Trubiano, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Drug and Antibiotic Allergy Service and Centre for Antibiotic Allergy and Research, Austin Health, Victoria, Australia.  Penicillin allergies are not always lifelong. Approximately 50% are lost over five years. A reaction to penicillin during a childhood infection is unlikely to be a true allergy. Only 1–2% of patients with […]

Indications for preoperative screening for Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA or MRSA) nasal carriage and preoperative staphylococcal load reduction (HNE LHD): Open cardiac and valve procedures Shoulder, hip or knee joint total arthroplasties: primary or revision procedures Aortic work (stent and open) and all lower limb open surgery for vascular reconstructions (bypass, endarterectomy). Iliac stents (as they […]

Guest posting from Professor Josh Davis, Infectious Diseases, John Hunter Hospital, NSW and Menzies Institute , Darwin, Dr Patrick Harris , NHMRC Early Career Fellow at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE),  Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii are usually resistant to most other antibiotics in addition to meropenem.  Treatment […]

Preoperative evaluation and perioperative care  Screen for MSSA or MRSA carriage with a single nose swab culture (repeat if surgery delayed > 1 month) Carriers of MSSA or MRSA have staphylococcal load reduction performed in the week prior to surgery Preoperative urine cultures are NOT indicated Shower on day of surgery (normal soap) Apply non-rinse […]

Originally posted on Microbiology and Infectious Diseases postgraduate teaching (PRIDA):
Guest posting from Josh Davis, Infectious Diseases Physician, John Hunter Hospital,  Newcastle,  NSW. Thanks Josh! He has selected the Top ID papers of 2020 Davis based on: Deal with diagnosis or Rx of infectious diseases (COVID excluded) Relevant to clinical practice Practice-changing, paradigm-shifting, or dogma-challenging

Originally posted on Microbiology and Infectious Diseases postgraduate teaching (PRIDA):
The Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) has announced the launch of their new resource, the Encyclopaedia – REVIVE (gardp.org). A great new resource!    This resource includes definitions of terms from the field of antimicrobials including ‘Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient’, ‘Bacterial efflux’ and ‘Minimum…

Guest posting from A/Prof Josh Davis, Newcastle.  Image credit: https://www.hepatitisc.uw.edu/go/treatment-infection/treatment-genotype-3/core-concept/all 2020

Guest posting from Mr Joe Hessell, Dr Gaetan Khim, and Mr Mona Kheng, DMDP Staff Members.  See also these recent PRIDA AMS lectures.  A high rate of antimicrobial prescribing has been recognized for those with symptoms of COVID-19, much of which is unnecessarily promoting antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Long after the pandemic subsides, AMR will continue […]

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Updated 8/5/20. A. Healthcare-associated events (2018, HNE LHD ) 60 healthcare-associated SAB cases occurred with 7% due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and age-adjusted 30 day mortality of 9%. SAB relapse within 15-90 days occurred in 2.1% of adult events 7% of paediatric events. Principle…