Category Archive: Article

Case Report – Vibrio vulnificus

In November 2016 CMPT sent a PT sample with the Survey M163. Sample M163-3 as a simulated Wound sample collected from a 50 year old naval diver with an arm wound injury and cellulitis. The sample contained a strain of Vibrio
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Resistance to Macrolides and Lincosamides

by Veronica Restelli Macrolides are composed of 2 or more amino or neutral sugars attached to a lactone ring of variable size. Commercially available macrolides have a 14-membered (clarithromycin, erythromycin, and roxithromycin) or 15-membered (azithromycin) lactone ring. Lincosamides (clindamycin and
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POLQM Quality Conference: Laboratory Quality in Challenging Times

On October 1-3, 2017 our sister program: Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management will host the 2017 Fall Quality Conference with the special theme: “Laboratory Quality in Challenging Times”. The conference will be held at the Paetzold Health Education Centre
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Caleb Lee receives UBC Pathology Technical Staff Service Award

CMPT is thrilled to announce that Caleb Lee, one of our staff members, received the UBC Pathology Technical Staff Service Award for 2017. “This award celebrates and recognizes the contributions of committed technicians and technologists whose outstanding performance enhances the
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CMPT’s Video Challenge

As part of the February 2017 Clinical Microbiology survey, CMPT sent its first Video Challenge (VC164). CMPT has been using its Paper Challenge as a way to evaluate extra-analytical processes in the total laboratory testing process. This year, CMPT introduced
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BC Quality Forum

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council held its annual meeting, 2017 quality Forum on March 1-3 in Vancouver, BC. We had the opportunity to attend a few presentations. This year, the focus was greatly on innovation to achieve improvement. The
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WHO Global Priority List

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a list of antibiotic-resistant priority pathogens that agency officials believe are the greatest threat to human health and should be the target of research and development for the development of new antimicrobial agents. On
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Introducing CANCAST

by Robert Rennie The importance of capturing the most appropriate clinical breakpoints for antimicrobial susceptibility cannot be overstated. Antimicrobial resistance has become a major consideration for clinicians and laboratorians alike. It is important that susceptibility breakpoints that are established are
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CMPT Grading Guideline

At CMPT, we take a number of measures to ensure that laboratories understand that we take our responsibility for proficiency testing (also known as External Quality Assessment) as both core and critical: We ensure that we maintain our quality and
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Dr. Michael Noble visits the African Society for Laboratory Medicine

In December 3-8, 2016, Dr. Noble got the opportunity to visit the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) conference in Cape Town, South Africa.  ASLM was first created only 5 years ago, and hosts a conference every 3 years. In
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