RITM kicks off IPC Week 2022, celebrates 50 years of Infection Prevention

To celebrate 50 years of Infection Prevention, the Infection Prevention and Control Unit (IPCU) of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) hosted an online conference bannering the theme “IPC Today and Hereafter: A Webinar Conference” last October 19, 2022 via Zoom. “The IPCU of RITM together with the Management has always put a premium continue reading : RITM kicks off IPC Week 2022, celebrates 50 years of Infection Prevention

NTRL, BD equip TB staff on Liquid Culture and DST using MGIT

The National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL) Learning and Development Section (LDS), in collaboration with Becton Dickinson (BD), capacitated staff from the TB Laboratory Network on liquid culture and Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST) using Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) 960 last October 17 to 21, 2022 at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). TB Laboratory continue reading : NTRL, BD equip TB staff on Liquid Culture and DST using MGIT

STANDARD PROTOCOL FOR EVALUATION OF MOLECULAR TEST ASSAYS FOR THE DETECTION OF PATHOGENS

(RECOMMENDED TO BE PERFORMED BY END-USER LABORATORIES PRIOR TO USE IN ROUTINE DIAGNOSTICS) version 12 October 2022 Accuracy, precision, sensitivity, and specificity are some examples of assay performance characteristics described by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) as properties of a test that is used to describe its quality. Accuracy is defined as the continue reading : STANDARD PROTOCOL FOR EVALUATION OF MOLECULAR TEST ASSAYS FOR THE DETECTION OF PATHOGENS

RITM celebrates Global Handwashing Day

Commencing the International Infection Prevention Week and in observance of the Global Handwashing Day, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) through its Infection Prevention and Control Unit (IPCU) conducted a series of hand hygiene activities for the Institute’s patients and employees last October 17, 2022. The IPCU Team members demonstrated the steps of proper continue reading : RITM celebrates Global Handwashing Day

NTRL capacitates 7 trainers on TB Smear Microscopy

The National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL), through its Learning and Development Section (LDS) capacitated seven (7) staff from the TB Laboratory Network in its recent Training of Trainers on TB Smear Microscopy (SM-TOT) last October 10-14, 2022 at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). The participants, who represented the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Bicol continue reading : NTRL capacitates 7 trainers on TB Smear Microscopy

Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Suspected Monkeypox Specimens

Cases of Monkeypox have been recently detected in countries that are not endemic for its actiologic agent – the Monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is an enveloped double-stranded DNA virus (Orthopoxvirus genus of the Poxviridae family). Monkeypox virus belongs to the genus that includes variola virus/smallpox vaccinia virus, and cowpox virus. Monkeypox virus is a Risk continue reading : Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Suspected Monkeypox Specimens

Preventing hazardous skin exposures in the workplace
through a comprehensive skin health program

Occupational Dermatoses (OD) is the top occupational disease especially among the marginalized workers. There is a paucity of formal data on the prevalence of OD locally except for specific occupations. Workers in the major industries in the Philippines such as manufacturing, construction, and agriculture are predominantly exposed to health hazards and are oftentimes neglected. The aim of continue reading : Preventing hazardous skin exposures in the workplace
through a comprehensive skin health program

RITM and Fumiya Sankai envision a no free-roaming dog PH

No free-roaming dog country – The Philippines is envisioned to emulate Japan in maintaining an environment free of stray dogs and rabies virus, explained RITM Molecular Biology Laboratory Head and rabies researcher Dr. Timothy John Dizon in the latest End Rabies with Fumiya episode with Japanese influencer Fumiya Sankai last October 3, 2022. In Japan continue reading : RITM and Fumiya Sankai envision a no free-roaming dog PH

RITM certifies 2 TB Smear Microscopy Trainers from Central Luzon

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL) certified two (2) participants from their Training of Trainers on TB Smear Microscopy (SM-TOT) course for the successful completion of their preceptorship last September 26-30, 2022. The two (2) TOT-trained participants from the Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon Center for continue reading : RITM certifies 2 TB Smear Microscopy Trainers from Central Luzon

RITM conducts 3rd Rabies Direct Fluorescent Antibody Test (DFAT) Training

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its Veterinary Research Department Special Pathogens Laboratory (VRD-SPL), conducted the third instalment of its Rabies Direct Fluorescent Antibody Test (DFAT) training course on September 26-30, 2022.  Eleven (11) veterinarians, medical technologists, and laboratory personnel from Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories (RADDL) participated in the five-day training course. continue reading : RITM conducts 3rd Rabies Direct Fluorescent Antibody Test (DFAT) Training