Month: January 2023

Training on collection of blood for blood cultures in 9 Hospitals in Benin

Training on collection of blood for blood cultures in 9 Hospitals in Benin

As part of the FA5 program in Benin, the team of the Unit of Tropical Bacteriology (UTB), togetherwith the local partner LRM (Laboratoire de Référence des Mycobactéries), will install a country–wide Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) surveillance network in Benin. During the previous DGDprogram, clinical bacteriology activities were started in 2 hospitals under the supervision of ITMand […]

Tableaux des points critiques cliniques de l’EUCAST et du CLSI

Tableaux des points critiques cliniques de l’EUCAST et du CLSI

The new EUCAST breakpoints for 2023 are available and the disk diffusion guidelines were also updated. The disc diffusion method is validated for 6-mm paper disks. Note from us: As we use the Rosco disks of 9 mm), however on the Rosco website, they confirm that the Neo-Sensitabs can be used according to CLSI and […]

Presence of Gram-negative bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus on the skin of blood donors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Presence of Gram-negative bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus on the skin of blood donors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Transfusion, First published: 07 December 2022, DOI: (10.1111/trf.17196)

Skin bacteria may contaminate blood products but few data are available on sub-Saharan Africa (sSA). We assessed the presence of Gram-negative bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus on blood donor skin and evaluated skin antisepsis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Main findings: 43.8% of 160 blood donors had Gram-negative bacteria growing on the arm’s […]