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About Microbiology Diagnostic Center

INTRODUCTION:
Microbiology Diagnostic Centre a Specialised Clinical Microbiology laboratory was established in 1997 by Deepak P. Kolambkar (M.Sc. Medical Microbiology)

Clinical microbiology is a branch of medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. In addition, this field of science studies various clinical applications of microbes for the improvement of health.

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. Modern medicine has led to dramatic changes in infectious diseases practice. Antibiotic therapy and vaccination have benefited millions of persons. But because of lack of awareness and constraint in expertise in clinical microbiology, it is becoming difficult to diagnose these infectious diseases alone clinically. It is utmost important to diagnose the causative agent to manage infectious disease further.

Clinical microbiology laboratories have been practicing their specialty for at least half a century. . The current era in health care, with its intense focus on controlling expenditures, has led to important changes in the management of infectious diseases.

Recent experiences of emerging microbial threats, the re-emergence of infectious disease problems and the threats of multi drug resistant organisms have evidenced the need of a good microbiological diagnostic facilities. Accurate laboratory diagnosis and timely reporting of the infectious agents can be useful in management of diseases. Clinical microbiology laboratories play a pivotal role in the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Clinical Microbiology constitutes bacterial cultivation, identification & antibiotic sensitivity of infectious agents (Bacteriology), detection of antigen and antibodies (Serology and molecular techniques) etc. It helps in timely diagnosis, effective management by providing antibiotic sensitivity.

Clinical Microbiology laboratories are the first lines of defense for detection of new antibiotic resistance, outbreaks infectious diseases, and a possible bioterrorism event. Maintaining high-quality clinical microbiology laboratories is the current best approach for managing today's problems of emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial agent resistance by providing good patient care outcomes that are actually cost effective.

The primary role of our microbiology laboratory in patient care is to aid clinicians in identifying causative agents of various infectious diseases and help determine the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles, when appropriate. The information provided by the microbiology laboratory enables the clinicians to initiate or modify therapy, which will have a direct impact on patient outcome. The role of Micro lab begins when patient specimens are received in the laboratory; the laboratory process and handle the specimens appropriately and in a timely fashion—that is, in a manner that ensures that the integrity of the specimen will not be compromised. Depending on the type of specimens and tests requested, the specimens will be worked up accordingly by performing different testing procedures, and accurate and reproducible results are generated. Clinicians will then use the information obtained to make clinical decisions and initiate treatment options best suited for that particular patient. To facilitate this process, we give utmost importance to clear communication between the clinician and the laboratory professionals performing the tests. This communication is critical because it facilitates efficient use of laboratory resources, as well as improving turnaround time for test results.

  • The clinical microbiology laboratory is an integral part of managing patients with various infectious diseases.
  • Clinicians and laboratory personnel should maintain frequent communication so that accurate and clinically relevant test results are available in a timely manner.
  • Clinicians should be aware of the limitations and understand the concepts of sensitivity, specificity, and positive or negative predictive value of different microbiology-related assays.
  • When submitting specimens to the clinical microbiology laboratory, clinicians should recognize the importance of the quality and quantity of specimens required for that specific assay.

QUALITY ASSURANCE:
ISO 9001-2008 Certified
External Quality control – Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM)