Rapid diagnostic testing (RDTs) plays an important role in Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP) and highlights the impact of the Microbiology laboratory on reducing inappropriate antibiotic use, particularly in hospitalized patients. Early microbial identification with RDTs can lead to earlier initiation of targeted antimicrobial therapy, which can in turn result in shorter hospitalization, fewer adverse events and reduced C. difficile infections. Other studies have shown that… Continue Reading
Dr. Paul Fey on “Why I Love Clinical Microbiology: “I love clinical microbiology because each pathogen that invades a human host has a different strategy. Our job is to determine how these processes occur mechanistically but also practically utilize this information to find new diagnostic strategies for our patients and clinical colleagues. ” See more about UNMC Clinical Microbiology here.
Content courtesy of Dr. Paul Fey and Dr. Arryn Craney. UNMC’s Department of Pathology and Microbiology in collaboration with Nebraska Medicine sponsors a Clinical Microbiology Fellowship Program that is accredited by the Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) of the American Academy of Microbiology. This two year training program provides the trainee hands-on experience in the basic disciplines of clinical microbiology. Upon successful completion of… Continue Reading
Medicine is a team sport, there is no denying that, but together the Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases(ID) specialists create a powerhouse of for diagnosis and treatment. Detect, Identify and Destroy. Infectious Disease physicians are called in to start the investigation – does the patient have an infection? What do we think is the most likely infection? What tests do we need to determine what… Continue Reading
Work hard, play hard. Medicine is a hard job AND a team sport. We must take time out to celebrate our colleagues work and accomplishments! This week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which is held the last full week of April each year. Events are held to celebrate the critical work that clinical laboratory scientists perform on a daily basis. This week our Microbiology teams… Continue Reading