Category Infectious Disease
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Spinal epidural abscess

Spinal epidural abscess is considered a neurosurgical emergency; morbidity and mortality is worse with delayed diagnosis, and the worse the neurological deficit at the time of surgery the worse the outcome
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Nosocomial Pneumonia

Nosocomial or hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) is defined as pneumonia that is not incubating at the time of admission to hospital and develops in a patient hospitalised for >48 hours.
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Steroids and Septic Shock Literature Summaries

Bone R.C. et al (1987) “A controlled clinical trial of high dose methylprednisolone in the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock” NEJM, 317:653-658 PMID 3306374 RCT n = 382 with sepsis and organ dysfunction methylprednisolone (30mg/kg) vs placebo-> no…

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Minimum Inhibitory Concentration

Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) is lowest concentration of an antimicrobial that will inhibit the visible growth of a microorganism following overnight incubation, usually reported as mg/L
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Antibiotic Timing

The mantra for timing of antibiotics for serious infections is 'hit hard, early and appropriately'. Despite the strong biological plausibility of a need for early antibiotics in patients with serious bacterial infections the importance of antibiotic timing is controversial
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Blood Culture Bottles

Blood Culture Bottles: tubes for sampling blood for microbiological cultures; detection of circulating microorganisms in bacteraemia and septicaemia
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Hans Reiter

Hans Conrad Julius Reiter (1881-1969) was a German physician and social hygienist. Associated with Reiter Syndrome - known now as Reactive arthritis
Unusual Urine Clinical Cases

Where are the lemons?

You are wandering past the bedside of a 42 year old male with a cerebral abscess…and you notice he has orange urine. Unusual Urine.
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Sheep Pox

Orf is a zoonotic infection occurring in humans which is characterised by erythematous weeping nodules found most commonly on the hands and feet