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Laboratory Diagnosis of Fungal Infections

The Last Course

Laboratory Diagnosis of Fungal Infections

Slide 3

September 2011

I think we need to remind ourselves sometimes of exactly why it is we work in the clinical laboratory and in the case of microbiology, we know that the laboratory provides the final diagnosis or the definitive diagnosis of infectious diseases, primarily by culture most of the time or by molecular means and we work together with the clinician to allow the information to be used to treat the patient so that patient can recover from illness thoroughly and faster than if we didn’t work together so whether we really know it or not it is a team approach to make the diagnosis and treating a patient. That is one of the strong points that we will emphasize throughout this course. It is important to remind ourselves about why we do what we do. And we hopefully are working in the clinical laboratory to benefit the patient. And case studies will reinforce this point as we go throughout this presentation. We have 2 cases that will illustrate exactly what I have just mentioned, how the laboratory contributes to patient care.

Laboratory Diagnosis of Fungal Infections


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