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Clinical microbiology and infection (ICM7094)

Module convener:                       

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk 

Other Key Staff:                                             

Professor Mike Millar (Control of Hospital Acquired Infection), Michael.Millar@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk

Throughout this module students will study microbial infections of humans. The clinical presentation, laboratory diagnosis, antimicrobial therapy and infection control issues of the microbial infections are explored both theoretically and practically. The infections are studied by organ system e.g. respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and also by looking at specialist patient groups e.g. the immuno-compromised, patients in the intensive care unit, pregnancy and paediatrics. Students also study the surveillance, legislation and methods of control of hospital acquired infection.

The module aims to provide:

  • An in depth study of the aetiology, presentation and antimicrobial therapy of infectious disease by organ system e.g. respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract.
  • An in depth study of the aetiology, presentation and antimicrobial therapy of infectious disease in specialist patient groups e.g. the immunocompromised, infections during pregnancy
  • Practical experience of the laboratory investigation of infections including point of care testing.
  • A knowledge of surveillance of hospital acquired infection
  • An understanding of methods of transmission of hospital acquired infection and appropriate measures to control hospital acquired infection.
  • An understanding of the legislation relating to hospital acquired infection.

At the end of this module students will have a knowledge and understanding of:

  • the aetiology, pathogenesis and presentation of infectious disease in the community, including older people and care homes
  • the design and application of a range of clinical microbiology laboratory investigations in different healthcare settings used in the detection and management of microbial infections in high risk groups
  • the methods used in the application of microbiology testing to food, water and environmental samples in community and hospital settings.
  • the legal framework and the role of guidelines and the hospital infection team in reducing hospital acquired infections

At the end of this module students will have intellectual skills which will enable them to:

  • Describe the methods used in the investigation and management of infectious disease in the community including treatment of commonly associated micro-organisms.
  • Understand the sources and routes of transmission of hospital acquired infections and the risks caused to patients.
  • Understand the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory and the infection control team in surveillance, decontamination, disinfection and sterilisation in the hospital and primary care settings.
  • Apply relevant health and safety rules and regulations associated with infection control.
  • At the end of this module students will have the following transferable skills and will be able to:
  • Participate in the partnership between the clinical microbiology with other clinical specialisms and agencies in the investigation of infectious disease in the community and hospital setting.

At the end of this module students will have the following practical skills and will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to perform the range of laboratory techniques used in the work-base to investigate infectious disease in the community.
  • demonstrate the ability to perform the range of laboratory techniques used in the work-base to investigate and contain hospital acquired infection

Students are expected to develop a strong basic background from text books but this must be supplemented by research in current scientific literature.

Suggested background texts include:

Bannister et al: Infection, Microbiology and Management
Mandell et al: Principles and Practices of Infectious Diseases
British National Formulary
Wilson: Infection control in clinical practice
Hawker et al: Communicable disease control handbook

Suggested journals include:

The Lancet Infectious Diseases
Journal of Infection
Current Opinions in Infectious Disease

Clinical case presentation (oral and written)

Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 15 minutes and 1000 words
Percentage weighting in module: 50%

End of module examination

Type of assessment: Examination
Duration: 2 hours
Percentage weighting in module: 50%

 

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