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Amongst the anxiety and misinformation about how best to protect healthcare staff from infection and the profusion of minorly conflicting State, National and Medical Specialist society advice, it is important that healthcare organisations and staff, in particular, appreciate and apply the basics of infection prevention & control (IPC). There is good evidence from China, Hong […]

Originally posted on Microbiology and Infectious Diseases postgraduate teaching (PRIDA):
Dr Bruce Aylward also was on an Australian webinar last evening (6/3/20) – recording to follow. 2 March 20:30 GMT — Transmission details emerge from WHO China analysisCOVID China has mounted “perhaps the most ambitious, agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history” against a…

Kristi, Lorrae and Ayesha have recently joined as AIMED authors– welcome aboard. Here’s a posting from Kristi that unpacks the approach to community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in Hunter New England Health, NSW.   In adults, the most common bacterial cause of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is Streptococcus pneumoniae. Other pathogens associated with CAP include Haemophilus influenzae and atypical’ […]

Guest posting from Ms Kristi Kozierowski, AMS and ICU pharmacist, John Hunter Hospital, NSW, Australia. This is a useful evidence-based summary produced for AAW 2019 – Duration FINAL Kozierowski 2019.  Usage welcome with acknowledgement.  

This posting summarises all the work that can be found – I would welcome advice about any additional studies.  Image: Bacteroides fragilis Gram stain from http://microbe-canvas.com/. Australia Teng-JC et al. Victoria-wide data 2018: 416 isolates (Gram pos and neg), almost all were metronidazole, meropenem and augmentin susceptible. 75%  of Gram neg isolates were clindamycin susceptible. […]

Guest posting: Dr Thérèse Boyle, Immunology Advanced Trainee Registrar, Health Pathology NSW.  Anti-NMDARE (003) Boyle 2018 Take home messages- Autoimmune encephalitis is divided into 2 main categories; classic onco-neuronal encephalitis that is generally paraneoplastic, and limbic encephalitis of which anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is one of the most common forms. Autoantibodies within these categories can causes […]

Guest posting: Assoc. Prof. Josh Davis, President, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. @Guru_JoshD “ID week” is a large US infectious diseases conference; this year it was in San Francisco, and had over 8,000 delegates. The most talked about trial at this conference (mentioned in at least 5 different sessions) was the Australian-led MERINO trial, an […]

What antibiotic are you?  Take this short quiz !   Above items are from Kristi Kozierowski (AMS Pharmacist at John Hunter Hospital). Thanks Kristi!  Key Messages (Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare) Antibiotics are a precious resource that could be lost. Antibiotic resistance is happening now – it is a worldwide problem that affects human […]

Guest posting: Peter Massey and Julie Kohlhagen, Hunter New England Population Health.  Much of the media and health service attention on Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) & Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) are rightly focused on the top end and desert communities in Australia. In a prospective screening survey of RHD in northern Australia Roberts et al […]

The  Quality Use of Medicines smartphone-enabled website has been updated to include changes to hospital acquired pneumonia guidelines. With this site, you are only three clicks away from a treatment recommendation!  See below for the range of guidelines available. Note that whilst Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic remains the main resource, HNE guidelines, where approved, take precedence- […]