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The Microbiology Bench Companion

Editor: J. Michael Miller1
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Affiliations: 1: Microbiology Technical Services, Dunwoody, Georgia
Content Type: Reference
Format: Electronic, Paperback
Publication Year: 2007

Category: Clinical Microbiology

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is an indispensable resource for hospital and public health microbiology laboratories. This user-friendly volume aids professionals with daily decisions and assists them in preparing organism reports and consults that are required of the clinical microbiology laboratory. By providing accessible and up-to-date information, interpretations, and even some trivia, this compendium walks professionals through the process of identification of the likely etiologic agents of many infectious diseases. Once a microbe is identified, the book offers a brief description of the organism and its unique features, indicates which antimicrobials are useful, and informs the laboratorian of the treatment options available to the physician.

will be especially useful in facilities that do not have a specialist available for consultation. This important resource will be as useful to clinicians and nurses as it is to laboratory professionals. is like having a microbiology specialist on hand. Additionally, the book provides a glimpse into the fascinating world of the clinical microbiology laboratory and insights into the minds of specialists who serve all patient populations. is a straightforward reference that will be used by technologists, nurses, and physicians to assist in “decoding” the organism puzzles that are continually reported.

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At A Glance

The Mircobiology Bench Companion is an indispensable resource for hospital and public health microbiology laboratories. This user-friendly volume aids professionals with daily decisions and assists them in preparing organism reports and consults that are required of the clinical microbiology laboratory. By providing accessible and up-to-date information, interpretations, and even some trivia, this compendium walks professionals through the process of identification of the likely etiologic agents of many infectious diseases. Once a microbe is identified, the book offers a brief description of the organism and its unique features, indicates which antimicrobials are useful, and informs the laboratorian of the treatment options available to the physician. The Bench Companion will be especially useful in facilities that do not have a specialist available for consultation. This important resource will be useful to clinicians and nurses as it is to laboratory professionals. The Companion is like having a microbiology specialist on hand. Additionally, the book provides a glimpse into the fascinating world of the clinical microbiology laboratory and insights into the minds of specialists who serve all patient populations. The Bench Companion is a straight-forward reference that will be used by technologists, nurses, and physicians to assist in "decoding" the organism puzzles that are continually reported.

Description

This midsized paperback book is a quick and useful reference for bench microbiologists.

Purpose

This is intended as a companion to larger and more comprehensive microbiology textbooks - i.e., to serve as a quick reference for the bench microbiologist in deciding how to further evaluate a culture isolate. This is a worthy objective and the author has succeeded in meeting it.

Audience

The author intends this book to help bench microbiologists, nurses, or physicians understand the flow of diagnostic tests in the microbiology laboratory for organism identification. I think it would also be useful to a larger audience -- anyone (students and practitioners) in healthcare who interacts with the clinical microbiology lab as well as laboratory directors lacking ABMM/ABMI board certified microbiologists who need to fill this void. The author is recognized internationally as an expert in this field.

Features

This relatively small book contains a wealth of information divided into three major sections. The first is a series of flow charts to assist bench technologists with organism identification. The flow charts begin with common characteristics (e.g., aerobic versus anaerobic growth, gram stain morphology, etc.) and provide detailed instructions on how to identify the specific organisms included in these large starting groups. A total of 13 flow charts (in only 25 pages) collectively cover all medically important bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Talk about concise and to the point! The second section (11 pages) discusses fastidious bacteria, lists reportable organisms and diseases and those most frequently reported, and details which type of susceptibility testing (disk vs. MIC) can be reliably performed on which organism (i.e., for which CLSI-approved interpretive criteria exist). The third and largest section alphabetically lists individual organisms or clinical disorders (e.g., "bronchitis") with accompanying information on antimicrobials (preferred drugs to use, preferred susceptibility testing method), tips for organism identification, and related comments. References and the index follow. Thus, in just one small book you will find very pertinent and useful information, exactly as the author intended. There are no pictures or detailed discussions of organisms since this book is intended to be a companion to the larger textbooks -- and it is a very useful companion book.

Assessment

This is a pretty handy book to have readily available in the microbiology laboratory for everyday bench level microbiologist (and laboratory director) access. I recommend it.

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Reviewer: Valerie Ng, PhD MD (Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)

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