Connections Summer 2017

VOLUME 21    NUMBER 2         SUMMER – 2017            ISSN 1496-3876


Macrolides have been in use since the early 1950s and are a major alternative to the use of penicillins for the treatment of infections due to gram-positive microorganisms. However, resistance to erythromycin emerged as early as 1955. The rapid increase in incidence of macrolide resistance makes its surveillance necessary.

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 lincomycin) are devoid of a lactone ring.

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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.

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POLQM Quality Conference: Laboratory Quality in Challenging Times

In 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”.

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