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Welcome to the course

In this video Professor Neil Gow introduces learners to the course.
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Hello, my name is Neil Gow and I’m Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at the University of Exeter. I’m also the current President of the British Society for Medical Mycology. So I hope that you are looking forward to the BSAC course on fungal diagnostics in the immunocompromised and critically ill patient. You’re probably all aware that serious invasive fungal infections are a major health challenge, and despite their importance, there is really an under prevision of specific training for a clinically relevant staff in this area. Sadly for fungal infections, a late diagnosis can result in a much poorer prognosis for patients that are affected by potentially life-threatening threatening infections. Therefore, of course, some fungal diagnostics is really of great clinical relevance.
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This course will equip you with essential information and skills that will enable you to become aware of a range of diagnostic tests that are available, how and when to use them to inform treatment and clinical decision making. By the end of the course, you will also understand the risk factors of those who are immunocompromised, and their effect on diagnostics. And the course will expose you to real life world case studies that focus on different types of patient, including haematology, oncology, and intensive care patients.
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So I hope that you’re going to take full advantage of the ability not only to learn new things, but also to contribute to the course by interacting with others and by sharing ideas in the comments section throughout the course. I hope this course will inspire and inform you, and also be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Welcome to this course on Fungal Diagnostics in Critically Ill Patients, covering the role of fungal diagnostics in guiding treatment decisions.

Over the next three weeks, we will look closer into a variety of fungal diagnostics and how their situations make it difficult to navigate hospital stays with their complex needs. As hospitals can be rigid, rule-based places, developing novel and different ways to give care with patients being at the heart of it, allows healthcare to be accessible to vulnerable patients. This course combines information from healthcare professionals who work with vulnerable patients and personal experiences and case studies.

In this first week, we will explore the definition of fungi and discuss different species that commonly cause critical illness. We also look into fungal diagnostics, what makes a “good” diagnostic test and some evidence for using some of the tests that are commonly available.

A glossary of key terms for this course can be found in the downloads section below.

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We hope you find this course useful and enjoy learning about fungal diagnostics! We value your input and encourage you to let us know your opinions in the comments as you go along.

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