It must be appreciated that laboratory work and clinical experience must be closely integrated; therefore, laboratory associated clinical duties are an essential component of the training program. This one-week course aims to provide the candidates with both the theoretical foundation and the practical, technical, clinical and managerial skills necessary for the health care professionals to detect and manage antimicrobial resistance.
By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Describe the basic classification/nomenclature system(s) of microorganisms.
- List and compare common methods for isolation, identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of microorganisms.
- State the basic mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance.
- List those pathogenic microorganisms that currently present major treatment challenges due to antimicrobial resistance.
- Describe strategies to identify problematic pathogens in a given institution and propose actions to address those challenges related to patient care.
- List guidelines for assembly of institutional antibiograms and describe potential pitfalls in interpretation of these reports.
- Describe and list procedures utilizing antibiogram information to identify and track resistance problems, make appropriate antimicrobial formulary decisions, and to prepare optimal clinical pathways at a given institution.
- Isolation and identification of pathogenic microorganisms from clinical specimens.
- Test fastidious bacteria and inoculums preparation using Muller Hinton broth and agar in comparison to McFarland No. 0.5 turbidity standards tube
- Susceptibility testing using Disk Diffusion Methods
- Determination of most useful antibiotic in treating a bacterial infection in vivo
- Detection of possible drug resistance in common pathogens for particular infections
- Reviewing of the results obtained from all drugs tested on an isolated patient before reporting the results
- Interpret and report results obtained from clinical specimen (Susceptible, susceptible-dose dependent, intermediate, or resistant)
Training Delivery Methods
- In-class method
- Online method