Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals, 6th Edition

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Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals, 6th Edition

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The only fully Australian ground-up microbiology text with a focus on infection control for nursing and allied health students.

This resource aims to provide a comprehensive guide to microbiology, infectious diseases and infection control. It is suitable for students, clinicians and educators in the health professions.

Microbiology is rapidly changing due to new research, the discovery of new diseases and pathogens, and changes in clinical practice. This edition presents a comprehensive update in new diagnostic techniques and improved guidelines for antibiotic use and infection control.

Where appropriate, the emphasis is placed on Australian data, the incidence of diseases in Australia, and Australian guidelines for infection control practices.

Penny Bishop BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MASM
Dr Penny Bishop was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Nursing in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Sydney for 20 years, where she was responsible for the development and integration of science courses into the undergraduate nursing curriculum. Her main area of teaching was microbiology and infection control in the pre- and post-registration program for nursing students, and also in the Master of Nursing program. She is currently an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University.

Dr Bishop graduated with Honours in Biochemistry from the University of Sydney and obtained her MSc for research at the Children’s Medical Research Foundation, Sydney. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Sydney for studies on the biochemical properties of bacterial cell membranes and has a number of research publications in microbiology and molecular biology to her credit.

Dr Bishop spent five years in research laboratories overseas, first in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School, and then at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Nursing she taught across a wide range of courses in the faculties of Science and Medicine at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, and spent six years doing research in the Chemistry school at Macquarie University.

Penny Bishop is a member of the Australian Society for Microbiology (MASM), the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and the Australian Infection Control Association (AICA). Her interests include the use of techniques of molecular biology to study the epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections. In 1998 she was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) with Dr Gary Lee. She also served for three years as editor of Microbiology Australia, the journal of the Australian Society for Microbiology.

Gary Lee BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MScMed
Gary Lee is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. In over 30 years in the tertiary education sector Gary taught microbiology, immunology, physiology and pathophysiology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a broad range of health professional courses including nursing, medical radiation technology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. He also had a key role in the development and delivery of offshore, allied health degree courses (undergraduate and postgraduate) in Singapore. Gary Lee had several years experience in diagnostic pathology laboratories in microbiology, haematology, blood banking and serology.

Gary Lee received his BSc in microbiology and immunology from the University of New South Wales, and obtained a PhD for his research on infection and immunity to Salmonella typhimurium. He completed an MBA at the University of Central Queensland. In 2012 he received an honorary Master of Science in Medicine from the University of Sydney.

Gary Lee has research interests in the epidemiology of community-acquired MRSA, in infection control and antibiotic usage in hospitals, and in the gut microbiota. Dr Lee led the development of a generic Health Sciences degree program that was first offered in the University of Sydney in 2002, and which became a foundation program for graduate entry courses in the University. From 1995–1997, Dr Lee was Associate Dean and Chair of the Faculty of Health Sciences Undergraduate Studies Committee, and was Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences from 1998 to 2001. In 1998 he received, in conjunction with Dr Penny Bishop, the Australian Society for Microbiology Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Chapter focus questions provide objectives for student learning.
  • Spotlight boxes found throughout the text deal with incidents or events that are of general interest.
  • Case Histories have been expanded with questions designed to test student understanding.
  • Concise Summaries at the end of each chapter and a fully indexed Glossary make student review easy.
  • Study Questions allow students to test their understanding at the conclusion of each chapter.
  • Test Your Understanding case study questions appear at the end of key chapters for a clinical application of the content.
  • Up-to-date statistics, data and research, based on the most recent Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) reports means students study the latest data.
New to this edition
  • Updated to reflect current trends and research with a focus on emerging infectious diseases and anti-microbial resistance.
  • Improved integration of theory and practice, in particular, application of theory to a clinical setting.
  • Issues in Public Health (Chapter 14) has been updated for currency and addresses topics of particular interest to Australian students in the health professions.
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Table of contents

UNIT ONE: Fundamental Microbiology
1: The invisible world
2: Biological reactions in microbial cells
3: Bacteria
4: Genes and biotechnology
5: Viruses and viral diseases
6: Eucaryotic microorganisms: fungi, protozoa and multicellular parasites

UNIT TWO: Host–microbe Interactions
7: Host–microbe interactions and principles of disease
8: Epidemiology: how diseases are spread
9: The body’s defence systems
10: Pathogenic mechanisms and evasion strategies of microorganisms

UNIT THREE: Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
11: Principles of sterilisation and disinfection
12: Antimicrobial therapy
13: Infection control in health-care facilities
14: Issues in public health

UNIT FOUR: Infections of Body Systems
15: Microbial techniques for diagnosis of infection
16: Skin, wound and eye infections
17: Respiratory tract infections
18: Gastrointestinal tract infections
19: Cardiovascular and multisystem infections
20: Infections of the nervous system
21: Infections of the urinary and reproductive systems

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