Microbiology

With blessings of our Guruji, Ours is undoubtedly the Clinical Microbiology department of the region. In perspective of the flourishing and ever growing scope of microbiology, the department today is equipped with modern state of the art tools and laboratories. The services are being developed in the area of bacteriological analysis, antibiotic susceptibility testing, mycology, virology, mycobacteriology & molecular microbiology (Newer techniques ie PCR diagnostics), etc.

 

Aims- Our main aims are

·         Continuously improve and innovate to exceed expectations

·         Adopt a 'can-do' attitude.

·         Challenge ourselves to do things differently

  • Be principled, open and honest.
  • Model and live our 'Values'.

Our lab is provided with the finest equipment for comprehensive diagnostic support to ensure quality laboratory testing with shortest possible turnaround time. We encourage collaborative, multidisciplinary investigation to our clinical counterparts. Our qualified and experienced staff including doctors and laboratory technicians leave no stone unturned.

More than 60 % of medical decisions draw upon the results of in vitro diagnostic tests. These tests contribute to the effectiveness of patient care and greater control over healthcare spending.

 

Bacteriology section

Identification & Antibiotic sensitivity testing (ID/AST)-

Infectious diseases remain an important cause of human morbidity and mortality. With the increase in global migration of humans, emerging infectious diseases constitute a growing public health threat.

Bacterial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing play an essential role in integral part of clinical decision-making and the control of antibiotic resistance by:

·         Indicating which antibiotics are most likely to cure an infection,

  • Reducing the empirical prescription of "broad-spectrum" antibiotics, which are partly responsible for the rapid increase in antibiotic resistance (multidrug resistant bacteria, even totally drug resistant bacteria)

ID/AST tests also play a role in epidemiological monitoring, making it possible to track changes in microbial resistance patterns in healthcare settings.

 

Bacterial identification- Correct treatment can be implemented only after the causative pathogen or the bacterium has been identified. Identification tests must be quick and reliable. Reducing time-to-results is important for:

·         Improving patient care,

·         Managing outbreaks,

·         Fighting healthcare-associated infections.

 

Antibiotic susceptibility testing- Antibiotic susceptibility testing determines the susceptibility of a bacterial strain to a specific antibiotic or a panel of antibiotics.

This information is reported to the clinician as the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC), the measure of a microorganism’s susceptibility or resistance to an antibiotic

 

Government (RNTCP) approved center for TB diagnostics ie AFB staining. We follow all WHO standards in our fully furnished TB lab. There is never any compromise in quality. This is important especially in case of TB endemic areas like India.

 

Molecular diagnostics- Very upcoming now a days, Molecular techniques have had a direct influence on the clinical practice of medical microbiology. In many cases where traditional phenotypic methods of microbial identification and typing are insufficient or time-consuming, molecular techniques can provide rapid and accurate data, potentially improving clinical outcomes.

 

Following facilities are provided in our lab in this regard –

 

Ø Viral load testing- Accurate and timely diagnosis of viral infections plays a pivotal role in reducing global viral disease burden. Treatment guidelines for HBV, HCV and HIV depend on viral load testing.

Ø Tuberculosis testing- Conventional methods for TB diagnosis takes 1 – 2 mth. Our PCR can detect this deadly infection in 1-2 days. This helps in rapid diagnostics and early treatment, simultaneously reducing chance of drug resistance (MDR, XDR).

 

Infection control

Apart from providing state-of-the-art diagnostic services for infectious diseases, Microbiology department of our hospital plays a special role in controlling hospital-acquired infections. It provides consultative services for the clinical staff and physicians of the hospital and disseminates required information to all the support staff.

Implementation of best practices for infection control including surveillance of healthcare associated infections is under the scope of Microbiology. A Hospital Infection Control Committee has been constituted which actively takes steps in this regard including conducting sessions of Staff- education.

We provide appropriate Infection control guidelines eg. safe OT practices, sterilization and disinfection practices in routine, how to protect oneself and others from blood borne pathogens, etc. according to the needs of time to time.

 

Waste management

The department overlooks the infectious material waste management system in the hospital; time dependent supervision of proper waste disposal practices to provide quality care and services to all segments of society.

Summarizing, we have a latest generation clinical microbiology laboratory applying and adapting cutting-edge technologies to concentrate not only on routine cultures and sensitivities testing, but also on molecular, serological and immunological diagnostic tests for all infectious diseases

The department of clinical Microbiology is located on the 1st floor of S Block of the Hospital. The department provides services on all days of the week.

The department offers specialized diagnostic services in the areas of:

  • Bacteriology
  • Blood Culture
  • Mycobacteriology (Tuberculosis)
  • Examination of urine and stool
  • Serology for viral infections.
  • Molecular diagnostic methods for TB and viral infections

The department serves as a referral centre for some of the specialized molecular diagnostic tests.

The technologists and staff of the department are trained to work independently, to ensure smooth functioning and compliance with quality systems, proactively support each other and operate as one team.