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Tropical Medicine Point-of-Care Testing

Monica Cheesbrough

Published by Tropical Health Technology, 2020

Pages: 364 Colour plates: 148 Size: 244 x 188 mm Weight: 0.064 Kg
Covers: Laminated Book is divided into colour sections

Describes the microscopical diagnosis of tropical diseases and those tests that can be performed in low- and middle-resource countries at district level to provide a rapid diagnosis of prevalent communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Book review

"This book is an excellent contribution to the practice of tropical medicine. The book is not only useful for laboratory workers but also for doctors and students from tropical countries as well as those who want to work in the tropics"....

Professor Ed Zijlstra
Specialist in Tropical Medicine & Infectious Diseases
Rotterdam Centre for Tropical Medicine

  • High quality colour plates of parasites, bacteria and blood cells.
  • Recently developed rapid point-of-care tests and technologies in the pipeline.
  • How to provide reliable, quality- managed, accredited district laboratory services.
  • Training of district laboratory personnel, CPD, professional ethics, EQA.
  • Comprehensive section on laboratory biosafety and risk assessment.
  • COVID-19 Supplement.
  • Websites and references to keep the reader up-to-date.
Section 1 Strengthening the quality of district laboratory services
  • - District laboratory network
  • - Supporting district laboratory personnel
  • - Continuing professional development
  • - Implementing laboratory quality management
  • - Accreditation
  • - Laboratory biosafety
  • - Equipping district laboratories
Section 2 Laboratory investigation of communicable diseases
  • - Malaria
  • - Neglected tropical diseases: African trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease, Leishmaniasis, Lymphatic filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Soil-transmitted helminths, Schistosomiasis, Food-borne trematodiases, Taeniasis, Cysticercosis, Cystic echinococcosis, Buruli ulcer, Leprosy, Dengue.
  • - Tuberculosis
  • - Meningitis
  • - Sexually transmitted infections
  • - HIV infection
  • - Hepatitis
  • - WASH-related infections
  • - Amoebic dysentery
  • - Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Cystoisospora infections,
  • - Healthcare-associated infections
  • - Acute febrile illness
  • - Measuring CRP and PCT
  • - Measuring whole blood lactate
Section 3 Laboratory investigation of non-communicable diseases
  • - Investigation of anaemia
  • - Measuring haemoglobin
  • - Differential WBC
  • - Abnormal WBC morphology
  • - Abnormal RBC morphology
  • - Testing for occult blood
  • - Diagnosing and monitoring diabetes mellitus
  • - Measuring blood glucose
  • - Measuring glycated haemoglobin
  • - Screening for raised lipids
  • - Investigating kidney disease: Measuring serum/plasma creatinine, eGFR, Determining ACR
  • - Urinalysis: Urine microscopy. Chemical testing of urine
  • - Investigating liver disease: Measuring serum/plasma bilirubin, Measuring ALT and ALP activity. Measuring serum albumin.
  • 1 Preparation of stains and reagents.
  • 11 Checklist for monitoring quality of services in district laboratories
  • 111 SOP formats Chemical hazards information SI Unit Tables
  • 1V Collection of samples
  • V Microscopical examination of faeces for parasites
  • V1 Leishman staining of thin blood films Manual counting of WBCs
Use and care of a microscope
COVID-19 Supplement
  • - SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • - SARS-CoV-2 variants
  • - Transmission of virus
  • - Clinical features and long COVID
  • - Impact of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries
  • - Prevention and control
  • - Laboratory diagnosis: PCR tests, SARS-CoV-2 lateral flow tests,
  • - Other laboratory investigations
  • - References
  • - Sources of information for COVID-19
Tropical Medicine Point-of-Care Testing is distributed by:

Practical Action Publishing - Health Books International

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Special offer price: £9.50
Previous Tropical Health Technology Publications
  • It is regretted that Part 1 and Part 2 District Laboratory Practice in Tropical Countries, THT/Cambridge University Press) will not be updated and are no longer available from Tropical Health Technology.
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