Participants in the Centre for Proficiency Testing program are encouraged to read the important changes announced in the Public Health Ontario (PHO) Labstract – October 2019 Reference Bacteriology and Antimicrobial Susceptibility: New Requisition and Testing Algorithm for Improved Test Utilization.
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2019 was held in San Francisco on June 20–24 and IQMH was there! Dr. Susan Poutanen (former Bacteriology Scientific Committee chair) and Elaine Kerr, Consultant Technologist, Centre for Proficiency Testing attended. Dr. Poutanen gave two oral presentations and Elaine Kerr presented the posters based on an analysis of the data obtained from IQMH Bacteriology program’s patterns-of-practice surveys:
Antimicrobial resistance continues to rise in Ontario hospitals. Continued surveillance and monitoring is needed. Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare have released Antimicrobial Resistance in Common Hospital Pathogens in Ontario: Annual Laboratory and Hospital Survey Report 2015.Antimicrobial resistance continues to rise in Ontario hospitals. Continued surveillance and monitoring is needed. Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare have released Antimicrobial Resistance in Common Hospital Pathogens in Ontario: Annual Laboratory and Hospital Survey Report 2015.
IQMH learned via Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, News that an international group of microbiologists has honoured the memory of Dr. Donald Low, a world-renowned microbiologist and infectious diseases specialist and University of Toronto professor by using his name for a newly discovered strain of bacteria.
IQMH (formerly QMP–LS) has been tracking the evolution of resistance in common hospital pathogens in Ontario since 1996. In February 2014, IQMH conducted its 18th annual survey assessing the incidence of resistant hospital pathogens in the province in 2013. All 73 (59 hospital-based and 14 community-based) currently licensed bacteriology laboratories responded. These 73 laboratories provide service for 211 hospitals. See Appendix A (pp. 9–22) for detailed responses.
On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Elaine Kerr joined the Centre for Proficiency Testing team as Consultant Technologist (Microbiology). Elaine brings many years of experience working in all aspects of medical microbiology, both here in Canada and abroad.
Christine Fleming, Senior Consultant Technologist – Centre for Proficiency Testing, Microbiology
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