The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists
Published annually with the Scientific Sessions of the College
Editor : Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya
Editorial Board : Dr. Kanthi Nanayakkara
Dr. Enoka Corea
Dr. Sharmini Gunawardena
Dr. Dhammika Vidanagama
Dr. Thushari Dissanayake
Dr. Nayomi Danthanarayana
Editorial Assistants : Ms. Priyanga Opatha
Ms. Imashi Abeysinghe
Address for correspondence:
Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists
06, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7.
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The “Hospital Infection Control Manual” was first printed by the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists in 2005.
The College published the Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists for 2016, to coincide with the scientific sessions. Editorial work was done by Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya and the Editorial Board. It contained the previous year’s Presidential Address delivered by Prof Nilanthi De Silva, the Siri Wickremesinghe orations for 2015 and 2016, abstracts of oral and poster presentations made at the 2016 annual sessions, summaries of some CME lectures, articles and summaries of presentations at the scientific sessions.
- These guidelines are developed with the intention of improving the outcomes of infectious disease by early and appropriate antimicrobial therapy while minimizing the emergence of resistance to antimicrobial agents.
- Antimicrobial regimes given here are intended to be used for prophylactic or empirical therapy. Antimicrobial agents should be tailored whenever a microbiological diagnosis and antibiotic susceptibility results are available.
- Specimens for cultures and other investigations for an early microbiological diagnosis should be obtained before commencing empirical therapy whenever possible.
- Treatment options have been selected for the optimal use of antimicrobials in the country and may not include all therapeutic options available globally for a given infection.
- Antimicrobial doses given are for adults with average build and normal renal function unless otherwise specified.
- The main focus of these guidelines has been the common bacterial infections and the scope does not include a comprehensive range of infections caused by uncommon bacteria, viruses and fungal agents.
- These guidelines are not intended to serve as complete management guidelines for infectious diseases since other aspects of management of infections are not covered here.
- Best practices in antimicrobial therapy will continue to change with improving evidence base on infections and the guidelines will have to be revised accordingly in future.
At the beginning of another year we would like to invite members to contribute to improve the scientific writing in all fields related to medical microbiology.
The practice of microbiology is becoming more diverse and challenging. It is worthwhile sharing our experience in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease with others, especially in issues related to the developing world where answers are not so straight forward.
Two guidelines have been sent to the members, one for sending abstracts of free papers for the annual scientific sessions and another for sending articles for the SLCM bulletin 2015.
SLCM e-Newsletter will be published in the first, second and fourth quarters of this year. Those who prefer to receive a printed version of the newsletter can send a request tothe college email. Articles will be accepted for the page on ‘Topics of current interest’ in the newsletter.
Short articles may also be forwarded for publication on the college website. Newsletters and the bulletin will be published on the updated websitewith the help of SLCM webmaster.
I thank the editorial board members including the current president, joint secretaries, webmaster and reviewers of abstracts and articles who will be continuing to serve this year.
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