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2019 POLQM Quality Conference

On November 24-26, 2019 our sister program POLQM is bringing a Quality Conference in Vancouver BC Canada to look broadly at the theme of Meeting the Needs. The conference will be an ideal forum for people interested in Quality in the
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CMPT’s Informatics Survey Results

In 2015 -CMPT surveyed participant attitudes towards our online informatics presence.  Unfortunately, there were a number of concerns highlighted with respect to its functionality and friendliness.  CMPT committed to revise the site An opportunity arose in 2018 when our data
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Connections Summer 2019

VOLUME 23    NUMBER 2         SUMMER - 2019            ISSN 1496-3876 CMPT Informatics Survey In 2018 CMPT updated its online entering and accessing results with the intention to make the process more user friendly and with the
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International EQA Training – Part 2

In 1996 (now 23 years ago!) CMPT received a request from the Thailand Department of Medical Science to assist in the development of a proficiency testing program for drinking water testing laboratories.  At that time, two officials from Bangkok visited
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Keeping up with the Taxonomy

The introduction of genome sequencing and other molecular techniques has been increasingly used to determine phylogenetic relatedness of microorganisms. This has led to an explosion of novel microbial taxonomy. Prior classification criteria such as phenotypic characteristics have demonstrated to be
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Connections Spring 2019

VOLUME 23    NUMBER 1         SPRING - 2019            ISSN 1496-3876 INTERNATIONAL EQA TRAINING - PART 2 Our most recent training (April 2019) was in the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) in Addis Ababa. Dr.
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Data Entry System Tutorials

Our new Data Entry System is in full use now; all programs have changed to reporting with the new member’s portal. Video tutorials are available on general reporting and Clinical Bacteriology reporting. Check them out at: Remember to login

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Connections Winter 2018-2019

VOLUME 22    NUMBER 4         WINTER - 2018-2019            ISSN 1496-3876 The Polymyxin Complex – Colistin and Polymyxin B This article will focus on the two major polymyxins (colistin and polymyxin B) that affect gram-negative bacteria. The polymyxins act by penetrating
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Spreading the EQA word

About 10 years ago, CMPT started on a mission to help EQA programs around the world see the advantages of making their own stable, clinically relevant bacteriology samples as opposed to single function lyophilized ones.  Working with organizations like the
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The Polymyxin Complex – Colistin and Polymyxin B

by Robert Rennie The polymyxin complex is part of a large complex of cyclic lipopeptides that include polymyxins and daptomycin. There are at least 15-16 of these molecules, but only the former are used in clinical medicine. They are subdivided
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