Acta bioquímica clínica latinoamericana
versión On-line ISSN 1851-6114
CAMPS, Elena; PERAZZI, Beatriz y GRUPO DE NOTIFICACION DE DATOS BIOQUIMICOS. Experience of continuous education through the voluntary notification of urine cultures and disk diffusion tests. Acta bioquím. clín. latinoam. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.2, pp. 209-219. ISSN 1851-6114.
During the development of diverse courses on Bacteriology such as in site classes or Distance learn-ing classes, of the Program of Continuous Education (PROECO) of the Fundación Bioquímica Argentina, colleagues were requested the voluntary notification of the results of urine cultures and disk diffusion tests from outpatients, carried out from May 1 to July 31, 2004 in the laboratories where they worked. Eighty-six biochemists from thirty cities from four Argentine provinces participated in this work. The general objective was to evaluate the importance of the activities of continuous education based on the analysis of daily work, through the notification of the laboratory results of urine cultures and disk diffusion tests using the didactic error as a strategy to approach theory to practice, in order to achieve actions that make it possible to standardize the laboratory procedures and to improve their quality. With the results a database was made using Excel 6.1 and SPSS 10.0 for statistical processing. A total of 1008 out of 1260 (80%) data were provided given by private laboratories and the 20% remaining by public hospitals and municipal centers of primary health attention. 80.6% of the samples belonged to women and in 89% of the cases gramnegative bacilli were isolated. The most frequent agent was Escherichia coli 835 out of 1260 (66.3%); followed by Proteus spp. 104 out of 1260 (8.3%); Klebsiella spp. 83 out of 1260 (6.6%); Staphylococcus spp. 79 out of 1260 (6.2%); Enterococcus spp. 43 out of 1260 (3.4%) and other 116 out of 1260 (9.2%). There were similarities and differences in the comparison of the resistances to antibiotics in private and public hospital laboratories with those published by the national reference center. The procedure errors detected both in the identification of germs and in the rehearsed antibiotics enabled the improvement of the standardization of the techniques. PROECO ran a training task among colleagues with educational supervision, inside the nominal participatory workshops, emphasizing the value of work in the learning process improving the accessibility to knowledge. This also showed the potentiality of the indirect impact of an educational program about epidemic surveillance, and the importance of the notification of results of different diseases from private laboratories, which contributed with four times more data than the public sector, which is interesting at the moment of taking prevention and treatment measures, impacting both on the medical prescription and on the dispensation of antibiotics by pharmacists. This article tries to be a preliminary contribution to highlight the importance of achieving an activity of notification of the results with continuity by the private biochemical sector that contributes to take pertinent sanitary measures in relation to different diseases.
Palabras clave : Continuous education; Primary attention; Notification of results; Epidemic surveillance; Urinary infection.