The overall profile of antimicrobial susceptibility results of a microbial species to a battery of antimicrobial agents is known as an antibiogram.
Calculation of a cumulative antimicrobial susceptibility report or antibiogram is extremely tedious if performed manually. The Clinical and Statewide Services Antibiogram system is designed to overcome this difficulty by maximising automation of the various processes involved. These include data upload, data screening and validation, antibiogram calculation, and result presentation.
The Antibiogram system is an enterprise-scale system capable of processing very large volumes of data. It provides cumulative antimicrobial susceptibilities statistics for all isolated microorganisms.
The system is scalable and therefore has the capacity to be used as a national database for antimicrobial susceptibilities surveillance in Australia. It can also be used in other part of the world.
Although the system also provides details of each isolate, the data presents no patient identifiable data.
For further information on the Antibiogram system, or to arrange a demonstration, please contact Clinical and Statewide Services.
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