The book’s purpose is to help community-based primary care physicians
and nurses, and laboratory-based microbiologists, better understand each other’s
requirements in collecting and interpreting specimens, and thus to improve the
quality of patient care.
The book’s structure focuses on three basic principles: deciding whether a specimen is clinically necessary; how to collect the specimen effectively, and how to interpret the laboratory report.
At the beginning of each chapter a case scenario is used to identify critical steps in processing a particular specimen type, followed by quick action guides to assess current practice and implement necessary changes in procedure.
The award winning author of Clinical Bacteriology (BMA student book of the year 2005) has brought together a microbiologist, a primary care physician and a specialist in infectious disease, to produce this concise, highly illustrated guide, of value alike to primary care physicians, nurses, microbiologists and students.
2.Organisms and antibiotics
3.The urine specimen
4.The genital specimen
5.The swab of the chronic leg ulcer
6.Fungal scrapings of the nail apparatus (Onychomycosis), the hair and the skin
7.The faecal specimen
8.The eye and the respiratory tract specimen
9.The serology specimen
10.Infections in pregnancy
11.Antibiotic guidelines in the community
J. Keith Struthers, BSc (Hons), MSc, Dphil, MBChB, FRCPath
West Midlands Public Health Laboratory, Health Protection Agency, Birmingham, UK
Michael J. Weinbren
Consultant Microbiologist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK
Primary Care Physician, Tile Hill Primary Care Centre, Coventry, UK
Kjell J. Wiberg
Fellow in Infectious Diseases, Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC, USA