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The role of optimal diagnosis of Infectious diseases is a priority in the current medical practice

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  • 1. Young Microbiologists Emerging Diagnostic Challenges Dr.T.V.Rao MD
  • 2. Role of Microbiology
    • Medical Microbiology deals with all aspects of infection, through initial diagnosis, through to treatment. It includes hands on bench work in the laboratory and close involvement with clinical staff
  • 3. Microbes can infect any one ?
  • 4. Where we stand Today
    • Most neglected and least invested specialty
    • Reasons can be many
  • 5. Are we Doctors or Technologists?
  • 6. Goal of Microbiologists
    • The goal of microbiologic evaluation is to provide accurate, clinically pertinent results in a timely manner . The quality of the specimens submitted to the microbiology laboratory is critical for optimal specimen evaluation
  • 7. Sterilization practices
  • 8. Microbiologists have greater say in Sterilization Practices
    • Be a educator on Sterilization practices
  • 9. Universal Precautions Teach simple facts to your staff
  • 10. Follow the CDC Manual
    • Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008
  • 11. Diagnostic Challenges
  • 12. Fishing for Diagnosis in Laboratories, Is it worth?
    • The physicians and Microbiologists should be aware of the clinical manifestations, before undertaking the test.
    • Microbiological tests are expensive and technically demanding
    • Causal testing of Microbiological tests are counterproductive.
  • 13. Good Microbiology begins with Good specimen collection
    • Emphasize that obtaining sensitive and specific microbiology results begins with the patient and not at the door of the microbiology laboratory .
    • Accentuate the importance of proper collection and transport of specimens in both local and referral environments
  • 14. Poor sample quality from Young ones
  • 15. Have you though how difficult to collect a Urine specimen from young child ?
  • 16. Scientific specimen collection makes difference
    • Describe common pitfalls in specimen collection and transport
    • Discuss What rules or principles must be followed in order to collect microbiology specimens which will accurately reflect the pathogenesis of the microbiological agent.
  • 17. Is the Microbiology Reports entirely in our domain?
    • The practice of sensitive, specific and cost effective clinical microbiology is intimately tied to the submission and proper handling of optimal specimens for analysis. Unfortunately, these aspects of clinical microbiology are not as critically controlled as our laboratory assays.
  • 18. Overcoming inferior quality results
    • It is our responsibility to educate and notify our healthcare colleagues when specimens arrive at the laboratory that will yield inferior results.
  • 19. Communication is a never ending process
    • Communicate, communicate, communicate!
      • Real time feedback
      • Contact the health care worker who collected the suboptimal specimen
  • 20. Be Bold to tell the Clinicians which is right ……
    • To fill out all requisitions completely and precisely, including requested details on patient history, antimicrobial therapy, and specimen source, so that the laboratory can best determine the appropriate method for processing the specimen.
  • 21. Why Proper written Request
    • Any request is a legal document.
    • Identifies all the outcome of test.
    • No interchange of results.
    • Short forms are dangerous
    • Signature of the Doctor / Nurse is essential in legible form, can help to contact in case of results which can save a patient.
    • When the patient is serious, write a Tele contact number which can help in prompt delivery of results
  • 22. Specimens is the source of strength to Microbiology Department
    • Valid interpretation of the results of culture can be achieved only if the specimen obtained is appropriate for processing. As a result, care must be taken to collect only those specimens that may yield pathogens, rather than colonizing flora or contaminants.
  • 23. Who is responsible for the Specimen collection
  • 24. Bench Work
  • 25. Patience pays Reference Laboratories Helps
    • 1.Isolation & Identification of Vibrocholarae0139 strains from Tirupati in 1995 & again in October,2000
    • Named as Tirupathi strain by NICED Kolkata in 1993
  • 26. Terminally ill patients contribute to knowledge may help to know what we missed
  • 27. Impress with your organization for more funding to the Laboratory
  • 28. Gram Staining
  • 29. Gram Staining – Most rapid method of Diagnosis
    • The Gram stain is almost always the first step in the identification of a bacterial organism.
    • How much attention paid ?
    • Several rare isolates can be observed, possible to publish as articles under Case studies
  • 30. Gram staining gives major clues in Bacterial and Fungal diagnosis
    • 1Streptococcus pneumonia
    • 2.Psudomonas pseudomallei
    • 3 Cases of bacterial and fungal meningitis
    • 4.Listeria Monocytogenes
    • 5.Cryptococcus neoformans.
    • 6.Common microbes at uncommon sites.
    • 7. Uncommon microbes at common sites
  • 31. Blood Cultures
    • A blood culture may be helpful in determining the specific bacteria causing an infection and selecting the appropriate antibiotic to treat it.
  • 32. A biphasic medium is the best option in resource poor settings
  • 33. Blood Culture collect two specimens
    • Two sets of blood cultures should be drawn. Number of sets positive correlates with true sepsis (except for coagulase negative Staph?) (Clin Microbial. Rev 19:788-802, 2006)
  • 34. Automation in Bacterial Infections
  • 35. Automation for Bacterial infections is urgent need
    • Results are the most important aspect of any microbial detection system. Built on bioMérieux's patented colorimetric technology, the Bac T/ALERT 3D demonstrates unsurpassed recovery of a wide range of organisms with >95% recovery within 24 hours and >98% within 72 hours
  • 36. Automation for Bacterial and Mycobacterial Cultures is a Urgent Need
  • 37. Are we ignoring Anaerobes ?
  • 38. Antibiotic Policy
  • 39. Conserve Antibiotics for future use
    • Increasing antimicrobial resistance and the cost pressures of managed care have led to increased needs to assess and ensure appropriate antimicrobial use
    • Having an antibiotic policy helps in limiting the use of powerful antibiotics as initial treatment, saves the powerful antibiotic for later treatment for resistant organisms and saves money for the patients.
  • 40. Detection of MRSA
    • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. MRSA is by definition any strain of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that is resistant to a large group of antibiotics called the beta-lactams , which include the penicillin's and the cephalosporin
  • 41. Detection of ESBL
    • The ESBL enzymes are plasmid - mediated enzymes capable of hydrolyzing and inactivating a wide variety of beta lactams, including third generation cephalosporins, penicillin's and aztreonam. These enzymes are the result of mutations of TEM-1 and TEM-2 and SHV-I. All of these ß-lactamase enzymes are commonly found in the Enterobacteriaceae family.
  • 42. Tuberculosis most neglected by Microbiology Departments
  • 43. New website launched to improve diagnosis of TB among people living with HIV
    • A web site, Evidence-Based Tuberculosis Diagnosis , has been launched that aims to provide the most comprehensive single source of evidence synthesis, policies, guidelines and research agendas on TB diagnosis. It is also a source for complete up-to-date information on the current TB diagnostics pipeline. Standard operating procedures and package inserts for several tests also are available.
  • 44. Tele Diagnosis
  • 45. CDC helps in Telediagnosis
    • The CDC now offers telediagnosis to help laboratories diagnose malaria and other parasitic diseases. When laboratories are not certain about identifying parasites on a slide, they can e-mail to the CDC images of the suspected parasites. Experts then review the images and discuss findings with the submitting lab within only a few hours, allowing near real-time diagnosis as well as an opportunity for training in microscopic diagnosis.
  • 46. Many unresolved questions can be solved
  • 47. Documentation in Microbiology
  • 48. “ If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it” Lord Kelvin, 1824-1907
  • 49. Documentation and Retrieval is a Challenge during Medical Inspections
  • 50. Documentation in Microbiology
    • WHONET is a Windows-based database software developed for the management of microbiology laboratory data and the analysis of antimicrobial susceptibility test results.
  • 51. Data can be exchanged globally
    • To enhance local use of laboratory data for guiding therapy, assisting infection control, characterizing resistance epidemiology and identifying laboratory testing errors; to promote collaboration in surveillance activities through the exchange of data.
  • 52. WHONET is used to support surveillance activities in the countries indicated  in red.
  • 53. WHONET connects to the World through WWW
    • These tools enable any microbiology laboratory to put its test results into a database and conduct analyses to support local infection control and antibiotic use. Laboratories can also upload files created by WHONET, to feed into national or other multi-centre surveillance networks and to inform drug policy. Such surveillance programs are now in place in many countries.
  • 54. WHONET Software is free and open access
    • The utility, BacLink, facilitates the transfer of microbiology data from existing computer systems to avoid the need to re-enter laboratory results. Baclink can transfer data into WHONET from: common commercial database and spreadsheet software; commercial susceptibility test instruments (broth microdilution and disk diffusion readers) hospital and laboratory information systems (with ASCII text files)
  • 55. All antibiotic profiles at a click
  • 56. Reducing the Antimicrobial resitance is a great contribution to Medical Profession
    • The WHONET experience suggests that solid drug resistance data can be collected and analyzed in resource-constrained settings, using core microbiology, if local laboratories are given appropriate support. Strengthening these laboratories is therefore a potentially cost-effective contribution to both treating drug resistant disease and preventing its further spread.
  • 57. Reporting the Microbiology Results
    • Reporting the results should be done with caution as the Physicians are not familiar with what really we mean and. The greatest communication gap between clinicians and microbiologists remain with terminology
  • 58. Molecular Methods in Microbiology
  • 59. Routine Methods being replaced with Technology
    • . The microbial community continues to evolve and adapt to changing environmental influences, and the distribution of human pathogens has become more global. Our recognition of the spectrum of microorganisms that cause invasive human disease has exploded with the use of culture-independent methods to detect and characterize pathogens.
  • 60. Polymerase chain reaction changes the Medicine
    • Scarcely any invention has altered
    • biological science so radically in
    • such a short period as the polymerase
    • chain reaction, or PCR. With this
    • technique, minute amounts of DNA
    • can be replicated very rapidly and
    • thereby amplified to such an extent
    • that the DNA becomes easy to
    • detect, study and use for any given
    • purpose.
  • 61. Every Body talking about PCR Is it all true ?
    • The PCR is the most sensitive of the existing rapid methods to detect microbial pathogens in clinical specimens. In particular, when specific pathogens that are difficult to culture in vitro or require a long cultivation period are expected to be present in specimens, the diagnostic value of PCR is known to be significant..
  • 62. Limitations of PCR
    • However, the application of PCR to clinical specimens has many potential pitfalls due to the susceptibility of PCR to inhibitors, contamination and experimental conditions
  • 63. Success of PCR lies with
    • For instance, it is known that the sensitivity and specificity of a PCR assay is dependent on target genes, primer sequences
  • 64. Molecular Biology techniques/ training should be part of Post graduate studies
    • The PCR assay in diagnosis involves several critical steps, such as DNA extraction from specimens, PCR amplification, and detection of amplicons
  • 65. Change to Molecular / Rapid Tests is Imminent
  • 66. Need of the Hour
    • Diagnostic tests need to be quick, simple to use and easy to interpret with little training. They must also be completely self-contained, with no maintenance or calibration required .
  • 67. Rapid diagnostic tests
    • Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), which can diagnose infectious diseases in as little as five minutes, are being hailed as the solution
  • 68. On line Help A boon
  • 69. Newer challenges with Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • 70. Emerging infectious diseases
    • Emerging infectious disease can be one that has recently been recognised. Or it can be a disease where cases have increased (or look as though they might be on the increase) over the last 20 years, in a specific place or among a specific population.
    • .
  • 71. Emerging and Remerging infections
    • Over the past 25 years, more than 30 new, or newly-recognised, infections have been identified around the world. The pattern of known infections also changes constantly, as the areas where disease is constantly present expand beyond traditional limits.
  • 72. Subscribe to Emerging Infectious Diseases Free on Request
  • 73. e -learning in Microbiology
  • 74. Role of teachers, is it diminishing ?
    • People love to learn but hate to be taught“
    • Plato
  • 75. e -learning in Microbiology
  • 76. e -learning important for Student and Teacher
    • The development of sophisticated, web-based learning platforms that are easy to use from a student and a teacher prospective, medical education is beginning to embrace a new modality of knowledge transfer.
  • 77. Quality Control
    • Quality assurance (QA) is the total process whereby the quality of laboratory reports can be
    • guaranteed. The term quality control covers that part of QA, which primarily concerns the control of
    • errors in the performance of tests and verification of test results.
  • 78. Standard Operating Procedures a Must for accreditation
    • Each laboratory must have standard operating procedures (SOPs). QA of pre-analytical, analytical
    • and post-analytical stages of microbiological procedures should be incorporated in SOPs.
  • 79. Publishing your work or ?
    • Always publish your genuine work in Journals and periodicals; do not get disappointed if you cannot publish in a reputed journal. Now there are good quality on line Microbiology Journals (e-Journals) and periodicals which are indexed and available for your rescue.
  • 80. Publish or Perish
  • 81. Resolve the issues with Clinicians with Ethics
  • 82. Learn to survive ?
  • 83. Made for Dr.T.V.Rao MD’s ‘e’ learning Programme on Infectious Diseases Email [email_address]