Essential clinical care of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (SAB)

201 cases of SAB were managed across Hunter New England Health last year. The overall 30 day all-cause mortality was 22% (30% in those patients 60 years or above).  Relapse of infection occurs in 2-10% of adult patients and may occur up to 3 months after the original bacteraemia. Relapse rates are reduced but not eliminated […]

Micro comments unpacked: Gram negative bacteraemia

Here is an example comment from Pathology North which is added to positive blood culture reports when a Gram negative coliform species ( Enterobacteriacae eg. E. coli) has been isolated: The comment’s rationale is to promote short course treatment and also to prompt oral antibiotic switching in a timely manner.  It also prompts consideration of source […]

AAW on AIMED: our top ten posts

Just in case you missed them, here are the top ten most visited posts we have published over the last year. Special thanks to our audience – we target local prescribers and pharmacists primarily. We also appreciate the interactions with our international audience! 

AHA infective endocarditis treatment guideline for adults 2015

These American Heart Association recommendations (free online availability) update the 2005 version and continue to incorporate an evidence-based scoring system for all recommendations. Recommendations on diagnosis and on use of echocardiography remain essentially unchanged. Additional information is provided on the therapeutic principles of antimicrobial treatment, including treatment duration and recommendations for specific pathogens. Note that in Australia, […]

Infection control

Essential resources for medicos: Information_for_medical_staff_standard_infection_control_precautions (2018 update) HNELHD PCP: Standard and Transmission-based_precautions Influenza-Like Illness management, HNE LHD, 2018 updated intranet web resource. PD2018_013_PCP_11_Influenza-like_Illness_Management_in_HNELHD Respiratory virus, Health Pathology, NSW testing advice (UTM kit and collection instructions), see this posting. IPS-003-FACT-1.1_Pre-procedure_staphylococcal_load_reduction_-_information_for_clinicians (2019) Where to get infection control advice across Northern NSW Local Health Districts:   Hunter New England […]