Monday, November 21, 2022

 World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week 2022

Twenty-five years ago I gave a presentation on Canada Health Care and Laboratory Quality Management and reminded the audience there are NO clinical isolates of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)… until a sample is collected and tested and isolates are recovered, tested and results reported by a clinical laboratory.

Today, as the number of antimicrobial agents has continued to grow, so too has the depth and range of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and even viruses with increasing antimicrobial resistance concerns, affecting not only in human patients, but in farm animals and pets and the environment in the wild.

More of the world community is aware and engaged, but what was true then is still true today, the cornerstone for detection and awareness is based on the skills and talents of an informed and engaged and diligent laboratory staff, surrounded by a committed team of Laboratory Quality Partners that provide better guidelines and information a wider array of testing methods, and valuable education and performance monitoring and assessment and accreditation.   

Better laboratories through stronger Quality Partnerships.  


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