Lab Manual and Workbook in Microbiology Applications to Patient Care

Paul A. Granato
Published in:McGraw-Hill Education
Release Year: 2018
ISBN: 978-1260-0-0218-8
Pages: 337
Edition: 12th
File Size: 12 MB
File Type: pdf
Language: English

Description of Lab Manual and Workbook in Microbiology

You are about to begin the study of a fascinating group of organisms that are of immense importance in human health and disease. Although infectious diseases were once predicted to disappear with the widespread use of antimicrobial agents, the microbes have retaliated by means of their remarkable genetic versatility. Not only have some species acquired resistance to almost all existing antimicrobial agents but, in part due to social and political unrest, some old diseases have returned. New diseases, even some forms of cancer, are now known to be caused by microbes. Thus, whether your career leads you to direct patient contact as a nurse, or you pursue another patient care responsibility in a field of allied health, knowledge of microbiology is essential to perform your duties optimally and to protect both patients and yourself from acquisition and transfer of sometimes deadly pathogens.
In Lab Manual and Workbook in Microbiology book, Lab Manual and Workbook in Microbiology laboratory manual leads you through a series of exercises that allow you to learn not only basic techniques for working with microbes similar to those you will encounter in the clinical setting, but they will teach you how to practice safety precautions in the laboratory and hospital environment. Your journey through these experiments will be guided by your instructor, who will determine the time and materials available to perform each exercise. Most likely not every exercise will be performed in your course, but enough of them are available to provide you with a realistic idea of your responsibilities. You will learn what happens to a patient specimen after it is collected for microbiology
laboratory analysis and how preliminary and completed laboratory reports are conveyed to the physician. Several of the procedures you will perform have now been replaced by automated, immunological, or molecular methods, as will be described. However, the exercises in Lab Manual and Workbook in Microbiology will provide a basic understanding of microbes—their morphology, biochemical activity, immunological characteristics, and susceptibility to antimicrobial agents.
Before each laboratory session, your responsibility is to read through the introductory material of the exercise assigned and the procedures that you will follow, keeping in mind the Learning Objectives that precede each exercise. In this way, you will be able to understand the concepts introduced and complete the work in the time allotted. In some instances, you may work alone, or depending on the instructor and class size, you may work in pairs or groups. In either case, you should be familiar with all procedures and the results of each experiment. At the end of each exercise, you will be asked a series of questions. The question pages are set up so that they can be removed from the manual and handed in to the instructor without destroying the exercises. Be aware that not all answers to the questions are found in the exercise material but will require supplementary reading in your textbook and other literature or a search on the internet. With the rapid pace of medical knowledge, the internet has become a valuable resource to your continuing education, but only if you learn to recognize valid sites, such as those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (; the National Library of Medicine (, which includes PubMed Central); Web MD (; and ClinLab Navigator (
During our careers, we authors have been fascinated by the widespread prominence of microbes and their impact on health-related fields. We hope that your introduction to microbiology will increase your appreciation for their importance and need for respectful treatment.
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