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Bieke Tack received the ISF/ESCMID 2024 Sepsis award

Bieke Tack received the ISF/ESCMID 2024 Sepsis award

Bieke Tack got honoured with the ISF/ESCMID* 2024 award for her work on sepsis, which was part of her PhD research on invasive non-Typhi Salmonella in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thierry Calandra, ISF Immediate Past Chair and Secretary, handed over the award to Bieke at the ESCMID Global conference in Barcelona, where she […]

Check out the “Filariasis months” (March-April 2024) by Idzi Potters!

Check out the “Filariasis months” (March-April 2024) by Idzi Potters!

March and April 2024 are Filariasis Months courtesy of Idzi Potters on parasitewonders.blogspot.com. Once a week, a new case is posted online. Share your thoughts in the comments and try to come up with the right identification. You may want to brush up on your filariae/microfilariae diagnostic skills in preparation. Here are a few resources to […]

Hardy et al., 2024. Affordable blood culture systems from China: in vitro evaluation for use in resource-limited settings

Hardy et al., 2024. Affordable blood culture systems from China: in vitro evaluation for use in resource-limited settings

Read the latest paper by Liselotte Hardy. This study evaluated the performance, usability, and interchangeability of Chinese blood culture systems in a laboratory setting using simulated blood cultures with a panel of 20 bacterial strains associated with bloodstream infections. Summary Background: Bloodstream infections (BSI) pose a significant threat due to high mortality rates and the […]

Krapp et al., 2023. Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance in Gram-Negative Bacteria Bloodstream Infections in Peru and Associated Outcomes: VIRAPERU Study.

Krapp et al., 2023. Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance in Gram-Negative Bacteria Bloodstream Infections in Peru and Associated Outcomes: VIRAPERU Study.

Fiorella Krapp has published a paper on the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative bacteria isolated from bloodstream infections in Peru. Fiorella is infectious disease specialist at Instituto de medicina tropical Alexander von Humboldt and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. In 2024, she will defend her PhD research at KU Leuven and the Institute of Tropical […]

GLASS manual for antimicrobial resistance surveillance in common bacteria causing human infection

GLASS manual for antimicrobial resistance surveillance in common bacteria causing human infection

The “GLASS manual for antimicrobial resistance surveillance in common bacteria causing human infection” is out. This manual supersedes the “GLASS manual for early implementation” from 2015. It marks the second phase of GLASS implementation, adopting complementary surveillance and reporting approaches to accelerate empowering countries with representative quality and strategic information for policymaking. This version also […]

Delayed incubation of blood culture bottles – recommendations for preincubation temperature and time

Delayed incubation of blood culture bottles – recommendations for preincubation temperature and time

Ideally, blood culture bottles are incubated as soon as possible after sampling. However, in many tropical settings, high ambient preincubation temperatures (>25°C) and delayed incubator entry due to prolonged transport times are a reality and can affect blood culture results. This review document gives recommendations for delayed entry of blood culture bottles for manual and […]

Lompo et al., 2023. Bacterial Contamination of Antiseptics, Disinfectants, and Hand Hygiene Products Used in Healthcare Settings in Low- and Middle-Income Countries—A Systematic Review

Lompo et al., 2023. Bacterial Contamination of Antiseptics, Disinfectants, and Hand Hygiene Products Used in Healthcare Settings in Low- and Middle-Income Countries—A Systematic Review

We conducted a systematic review of healthcare-associated outbreaks and cross-sectional surveys related to the contamination of antiseptics, disinfectants, and hand hygiene products in healthcare settings in low- and middle-income countries (PROSPERO CRD42021266271). Risk of bias was assessed by selected items of the ORION and MICRO checklists. From 1977 onwards, 13 outbreaks and 25 cross-sectional surveys […]