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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259421/comparing-different-methods-for-fast-screening-of-microbiological-quality-of-beach-sand-aimed-at-rapid-response-remediation
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Renan C Testolin, Tito C M Almeida, Marcus Polette, Joaquim O Branco, Larissa L Fischer, Guilherme Niero, Gabriel Poyer-Radetski, Valéria C Silva, Cleder A Somensi, Albertina X R Corrêa, Rogério Corrêa, Leonardo R Rörig, Ana Gabriela Itokazu, Jean-François Férard, Sylvie Cotelle, Claudemir M Radetski
There is scientific evidence that beach sands are a significant contributor to the pathogen load to which visitors are exposed. To develop beach quality guidelines all beach zones must be included in microbiological evaluations, but monitoring methods for beach sand quality are relatively longstanding, expensive, laborious and require moderate laboratory infrastructure. This paper aimed to evaluate the microorganism activity in different beach zones applying and comparing a classical method of membrane filtration (MF) with two colorimetric screening methods based on fluorescein (FDA) and tetrazolium (TTC) salt biotransformation to evaluate a new rapid and low-cost method for beach sand microbiological contamination assessments...
March 2, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214393/flow-cytometric-bacterial-cell-counts-challenge-conventional-heterotrophic-plate-counts-for-routine-microbiological-drinking-water-monitoring
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REVIEW
S Van Nevel, S Koetzsch, C R Proctor, M D Besmer, E I Prest, J S Vrouwenvelder, A Knezev, N Boon, F Hammes
Drinking water utilities and researchers continue to rely on the century-old heterotrophic plate counts (HPC) method for routine assessment of general microbiological water quality. Bacterial cell counting with flow cytometry (FCM) is one of a number of alternative methods that challenge this status quo and provide an opportunity for improved water quality monitoring. After more than a decade of application in drinking water research, FCM methodology is optimised and established for routine application, supported by a considerable amount of data from multiple full-scale studies...
April 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177854/risk-factors-for-30-day-hospital-re-admission-with-an-infectious-complication-after-lower-extremity-vascular-procedures
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Joseph C Melvin, Jamie B Smith, Robin L Kruse, Todd R Vogel
BACKGROUND: Lowering the 30-d re-admission rate after vascular surgery offers the potential to improve healthcare quality. This study evaluated re-admission associated with infections after open and endovascular lower extremity (LE) procedures for peripheral artery disease (PAD). METHODS: Patients admitted for elective LE procedures for PAD were selected from the Cerner Health Facts(®) database. Chi-square analysis evaluated the characteristics of the index admission associated with infection at 30-d re-admission...
February 8, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169558/validation-of-metagenomic-next-generation-sequencing-tests-for-universal-pathogen-detection
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Robert Schlaberg, Charles Y Chiu, Steve Miller, Gary W Procop, George Weinstock
CONTEXT: -Metagenomic sequencing can be used for detection of any pathogens using unbiased, shotgun next-generation sequencing (NGS), without the need for sequence-specific amplification. Proof-of-concept has been demonstrated in infectious disease outbreaks of unknown causes and in patients with suspected infections but negative results for conventional tests. Metagenomic NGS tests hold great promise to improve infectious disease diagnostics, especially in immunocompromised and critically ill patients...
February 7, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161601/messages-from-the-first-international-conference-on-clinical-metagenomics-iccmg
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Etienne Ruppé, Gilbert Greub, Jacques Schrenzel
Metagenomics is recently entering in the clinical microbiology and an increasing number of diagnostic laboratories are now proposing the sequencing & annotation of bacterial genomes and/or the analysis of clinical samples by direct or PCR-based metagenomics with short time to results. In this context, the first International Conference on Clinical Metagenomics (ICCMg) was held in Geneva in October 2016 and several key aspects have been discussed including: i) the need for improved resolution, ii) the importance of interpretation given the common occurrence of sequence contaminants, iii) the need for improved bioinformatic pipelines, iv) the bottleneck of DNA extraction, v) the importance of gold standards, vi) the need to further reduce time to results, vii) how to improve data sharing, viii) the applications of bacterial genomics and clinical metagenomics in better adapting therapeutics and ix) the impact of metagenomics and new sequencing technologies in discovering new microbes...
February 1, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149266/national-external-quality-assurance-program-pakistan-neqapp-a-milestone-in-proficiency-testing-in-pakistan
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Muhammad Usman Munir, Aamir Ijaz
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to highlight current status and importance of National External Quality Assurance Program Pakistan (NEQAPP). Study Design: Cross sectional study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Chemical Pathology and Endocrinology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) from August to October 2015. METHODS: The study data was extracted from electronic NEQAPP database. Results from 2014-2015 were evaluated for clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunoassay programs...
December 2016: EJIFCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133869/diagnostic-microbiology-in-veterinary-dermatology-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Luca Guardabassi, Peter Damborg, Ivonne Stamm, Peter A Kopp, Els M Broens, Pierre-Louis Toutain
BACKGROUND: The microbiology laboratory can be perceived as a service provider rather than an integral part of the healthcare team. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review is to discuss the current challenges of providing a state-of-the-art diagnostic veterinary microbiology service including the identification (ID) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of key pathogens in veterinary dermatology. METHODS: The Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM) of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) identified scientific, technological, educational and regulatory issues impacting the predictive value of AST and the quality of the service offered by microbiology laboratories...
February 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043600/benefits-and-challenges-of-molecular-diagnostics-for-childhood-tuberculosis
#8
Cristina Gutierrez
Expanding tuberculosis (TB)-diagnostic services, including access to rapid tests, is a World Health Organization (WHO) strategy to accelerate progress toward ending TB. Faster and more sensitive molecular tests capable of diagnosing TB and drug-resistant TB have the technical capacity to address limitations associated with smears and cultures by increasing accuracy and shortening turnaround times as compared with those of these conventional laboratory methods. Nucleic acid amplification assays used to detect and analyze Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB)-complex nucleic acids can be used directly on specimens from patients suspected of having TB...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017464/a-review-of-pat-strategies-in-secondary-solid-oral-dosage-manufacturing-of-small-molecules
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REVIEW
Stephan Laske, Amrit Paudel, Otto Scheibelhofer
Pharmaceutical solid oral dosage product manufacturing is a well-established, yet revolutionizing area. To this end, process analytical technology (PAT) involves interdisciplinary and multivariate (chemical, physical, microbiological, and mathematical) methods for material (e.g., materials, intermediates, products) and process (e.g., temperature, pressure, throughput, etc.) analysis. This supports rational process modeling and enhanced control strategies for improved product quality and process efficiency. Therefore, it is often difficult to orient and find the relevant, integrated aspects of the current state-of-the-art...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003040/nutritional-and-microbiological-quality-of-commercial-and-homemade-blenderized-whole-food-enteral-diets-for-home-based-enteral-nutritional-therapy-in-adults
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Maricy Machado Cavalca Vieira, Valdirene Francisca Neves Santos, Andrea Bottoni, Tania Beninga Morais
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Serious nutritional and contamination risks may be involved in the preparation of blenderized tube-feeding diets and in the handling of commercial diets. Their nutritional and microbiological quality in home settings is unknown. The objective of this study was to assess the nutritional and microbiological quality of commercial enteral and homemade blenderized whole foods diets intended to adult patients in home nutritional therapy. METHODS: In a cross sectional study, 66 samples of commercial (CD) and noncommercial (NCD) enteral diets were collected at the homes of patients in home enteral nutritional therapy, 33 of each type...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932683/survival-of-bacteria-of-laboratory-animal-origin-on-cage-bedding-and-inactivation-by-hydrogen-peroxide-vapour
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Laurentiu Benga, W Peter M Benten, Eva Engelhardt, Christina Gougoula, Roland Schulze-Röbbecke, Martin Sager
This study aims to determine the ability of laboratory animal bacteria to resist desiccation and inactivation by hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) on paper bedding pieces. Bedding pieces were saturated with bacterial suspensions in water or 2% (w/v) bovine serum albumin (BSA) in water, and held in a mouse facility. Viable counts showed variable survival rates over time for the bacterial species used ([Pasteurella] pneumotropica, Muribacter muris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter redioresistens, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella oxytoca, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Bordetella hinzii, Enterococcus faecalis, β-haemolytic Streptococcus spp...
December 8, 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899431/monitoring-process-water-quality-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy-and-partial-least-squares-regression-with-prediction-uncertainty-estimation
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Peter B Skou, Thilo A Berg, Stina D Aunsbjerg, Dorrit Thaysen, Morten A Rasmussen, Frans van den Berg
Reuse of process water in dairy ingredient production-and food processing in general-opens the possibility for sustainable water regimes. Membrane filtration processes are an attractive source of process water recovery since the technology is already utilized in the dairy industry and its use is expected to grow considerably. At Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI), permeate from a reverse osmosis polisher filtration unit is sought to be reused as process water, replacing the intake of potable water. However, as for all dairy and food producers, the process water quality must be monitored continuously to ensure food safety...
March 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793578/diagnostic-value-of-sepsis-biomarkers-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients-in-a-condition-of-high-prevalence-of-gram-negative-pathogens
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Igor Stoma, Igor Karpov, Anatoly Uss, Oleg Rummo, Natalia Milanovich, Igor Iskrov
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: A decision about the need for antimicrobial therapy in a patient with febrile neutropenia after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is often complicated because of the low frequency of culture isolation and reduced clinical manifestation of infection. Usefulness and choice of sepsis biomarkers to distinguish bloodstream infection (BSI) from other causes of febrile episode is still argued in HSCT recipients in modern epidemiological situations characterized by the emergence of highly resistant gram-negative microorganisms...
March 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777185/problems-associated-with-the-microbiological-control-of-the-breast-milk-from-hospital-milk-bank-units
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Didier Lecointe, Jade Assoukpa, Lauriane Cezard, Carole Descaves, Armelle Gouot, Sandrine Bourgeois, Monique Bergeon, Stéphane Koutcherenko, Yasmine Lakhdari, Noura Kassidi
The microbiological tests on breast milk performed when samples of pasteurized breast milk are added to hospital milk banks are covered by French regulations dating from December 3(rd) 2007. They involve counts of the aerobic total flora and of Staphylococcus aureus in a sample of milk before pasteurization, and culture after pasteurization to check that the treated milk is sterile. The regulations specify the nature of the agar plates to be used, together with the conditions for plating and incubation, but they lack detail in other areas...
December 1, 2016: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752311/reducing-the-occurrence-of-errors-in-a-laboratory-s-specimen-receiving-and-processing-department
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Nouf Al Saleem, Khaled Al-Surimi
Frequent, preventable medical errors can have an adverse effect on patient safety and quality as well as leading to wasted resources. In the laboratory, errors can occur at any stage of sample processing; pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical stages. However evidence shows most of the laboratory errors occur during the pre-analytical stage. The receipt and processing of specimens is one of the main steps in the pre-analytical stage. Errors in this stage could be due to mislabeling, incorrect test entry and entering the wrong location, among other reasons...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723450/fully-automated-clinical-grade-bone-marrow-processing-a-single-centre-experience
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Benedetta Mazzanti, Serena Urbani, Simone Dal Pozzo, Paola Bufano, Lara Ballerini, Alessia Gelli, Irene Sodi, Irene Donnini, Massimo Di Gioia, Stefano Guidi, Julien Camisani, Riccardo Saccardi
BACKGROUND: Clinical grade processing of harvested bone marrow is required in various clinical situations, particularly in the management of ABO mismatching in allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and in regenerative medicine. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report a single-centre experience using a fully automated, clinical grade, closed system (Sepax, Biosafe, Switzerland). From 2003 to 2015, 125 procedures were performed in our laboratory, including buffy-coat production for HSCT (n=58), regenerative medicine in an orthopaedic setting (n=54) and density-gradient separation in a trial for treatment of critical limb ischaemia (n=13)...
September 27, 2016: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631526/the-effect-of-the-falcon-460-ec-fungicide-on-soil-microbial-communities-enzyme-activities-and-plant-growth
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Małgorzata Baćmaga, Jadwiga Wyszkowska, Jan Kucharski
Fungicides are considered to be effective crop protection chemicals in modern agriculture. However, they can also exert toxic effects on non-target organisms, including soil-dwelling microbes. Therefore, the environmental fate of fungicides has to be closely monitored. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of the Falcon 460 EC fungicide on microbial diversity, enzyme activity and resistance, and plant growth. Samples of sandy loam with pHKCl 7.0 were collected for laboratory analyses on experimental days 30, 60 and 90...
October 2016: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27598276/-importance-of-quality-control-of-baciloscopy-in-laboratories-that-perform-diagnosis-of-tuberculosis
#18
Misleidis Sardiñas, Grechen García, María Rosarys Martínez, Raúl Díaz, Lilian M Mederos
BACKGROUND: Baciloscopy is the primary tool for pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosis, being this technique the most used internationally in the search for infectious cases. Quality control is the process of the rechecking smears by a highly qualified observer. AIM: To evaluate and highlight the importance of quality control of smear microscopy in the Provincial Laboratories diagnosticians of Tuberculosis in Cuba. METHODS: This study was conducted at the National Reference Laboratory and Research in Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Mycobacteria in the Institute of Tropical Medicine "Pedro Kouri", Havana, Cuba, Were evaluated 2676 smears received from January 2013 to December 2014, from Provincial Centers of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology of Cuba, including the special municipality Isla de la Juventud...
June 2016: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27587552/multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-treatment-failure-detection-depends-on-monitoring-interval-and-microbiological-method
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Carole D Mitnick, Richard A White, Chunling Lu, Carly A Rodriguez, Jaime Bayona, Mercedes C Becerra, Marcos Burgos, Rosella Centis, Theodore Cohen, Helen Cox, Lia D'Ambrosio, Manfred Danilovitz, Dennis Falzon, Irina Y Gelmanova, Maria T Gler, Jennifer A Grinsdale, Timothy H Holtz, Salmaan Keshavjee, Vaira Leimane, Dick Menzies, Giovanni Battista Migliori, Meredith B Milstein, Sergey P Mishustin, Marcello Pagano, Maria I Quelapio, Karen Shean, Sonya S Shin, Arielle W Tolman, Martha L van der Walt, Armand Van Deun, Piret Viiklepp
Debate persists about monitoring method (culture or smear) and interval (monthly or less frequently) during treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). We analysed existing data and estimated the effect of monitoring strategies on timing of failure detection.We identified studies reporting microbiological response to MDR-TB treatment and solicited individual patient data from authors. Frailty survival models were used to estimate pooled relative risk of failure detection in the last 12 months of treatment; hazard of failure using monthly culture was the reference...
October 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27552728/filtering-activity-on-a-pure-culture-of-vibrio-alginolyticus-by-the-solitary-ascidian-styela-plicata-and-the-colonial-ascidian-polyandrocarpa-zorritensis-a-potential-service-to-improve-microbiological-seawater-quality-economically
#20
Loredana Stabili, Margherita Licciano, Maria Flavia Gravina, Adriana Giangrande
We investigated and compared, by laboratory experiments, the filter-feeding activity on bacteria by the solitary ascidian Styela plicata and the colonial ascidian Polyandrocarpa zorritensis. Clearance rates and retention efficiencies were estimated by using, as only food source, the bacterial species Vibrio alginolyticus selected on account of its importance in aquaculture pathogenicity. The Cmax was 1.4±0.17Lh(-1)g(-1) DW for S. plicata and 1.745Lh(-1)g(-1) DW for P. zorritensis. The highest retention efficiency was 41% corresponding to a removed bacterial biomass of 16...
December 15, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
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