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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 209-212

Towards a rational antimicrobial testing policy in the laboratory

1 Department of Microbiology, IGMC and RI, Pondicherry - 605 009, India
2 Department of Microbiology, PSG Institute, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641 004, India

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N Banaji
Department of Microbiology, IGMC and RI, Pondicherry - 605 009
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.83901

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Antimicrobial policy for prophylactic and therapeutic use of antimicrobials in a tertiary care setting has gained importance. A hospital's antimicrobial policy as laid down by its hospital infection control team needs to include inputs from the microbiology laboratory, besides the pharmacy and therapeutic committee. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that clinical microbiologists across India follow international guidelines and also take into account local settings, especially detection and presence of resistance enzymes. This article draws a framework for rational antimicrobial testing in our laboratories in tertiary care centers, from the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines. It does not address testing methodologies but suggests ways and means by which antimicrobial susceptibility reporting can be rendered meaningful not only to the treating physician but also to the resistance monitoring epidemiologist. It hopes to initiate some standardization in rational choice of antimicrobial testing in laboratories in the country pertaining to nonfastidious bacteria.


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