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Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

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  • Level 2: Intermediate
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    • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global concern because drug-resistant infections can kill, spread to others, and impose huge costs on individuals and society. In order to tackle this problem we first need to understand it; we can do this by collecting and sharing high-quality data that is relevant to AMR.

      Data relating to AMR means that trends in resistance and antimicrobial use can be monitored and used to make better decisions to help tackle the AMR crisis. As an AMR surveillance professional, you have a key role to play in this surveillance process, whether it is in collecting, analysing or interpreting data, or in using the data to develop new policies and practices.

      This Fleming Fund course, Tackling antimicrobial resistance, comprises a series of online modules. The aim of this course is to help you to identify, develop and apply skills and knowledge relevant to your role in order to change and improve your working practice and the practice of people that you work with.

      Antimicrobial susceptibility testing focuses on phenotypic methods used for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST). These rely on observable characteristics of a bacterial strain such as whether it can grow at particular concentrations of the antibiotic being tested.

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    • Course learning outcomes

      After completing this module, you will be able to:

      • describe the principles of AST
      • understand the concepts of phenotypic methods for AST
      • understand the process of disk diffusion testing and the relevant quality measures needed
      • understand the principles of other phenotypic methods, including automated methods
      • understand that the method used may depend on the organism being tested
      • understand the concept of MICs and breakpoints
      • recognise relevant international guidelines, and know where to find them and when to use them
      • recognise that additional testing may be needed to identify/confirm resistance mechanisms
      • recognise the importance of procedures designed to ensure the quality of AST testing in your workplace.
    • Course dates:

      First Published 23/02/2021.

      Updated 05/08/2021

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