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Just because a stool sample turns up at your microbiology laboratory, it doesn’t mean you have to test it… This is old style ..read more
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It is the peak of the (Southern Hemisphere) influenza season here in New Zealand. Influenza has come early this year, and the season has ..read more
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I haven’t always been passionate about microbiology. As a student there were a lot of more interesting things on my mind. So it was ..read more
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I am signing out blood culture results. A patient has an E. coli resistant to amoxycillin clavulanate (augmentin) in both their blood ..read more
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I happened to be visiting a microbiology lab in a large teaching hospital last year. We were shown all the assays they used to rapidly ..read more
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I hadn’t been feeling quite right since Christmas… Upset stomach, loose bowel motions, no appetite, and worst of all I didn’t even ..read more
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A lot of antibiotic treatment of infectious diseases is still “empirical” in nature. “Empirical” generally means “based on ..read more
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For several years now, the standard empirical treatment for gonorrhoea has been intramuscular ceftriaxone. This wasn’t always the case ..read more
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At my laboratory we only test nasal Staphylococcus aureus susceptibility to mupirocin in the following two circumstances: Prior to joint ..read more
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One of the great things about having your own microbiology blog is that you don’t need to ask anybody for permission. You can write ..read more

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