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Tropical Medicine Point-of-Care Testing

Monica Cheesbrough

2022 Update - First published 2020

Published by Tropical Health Technology

Pages: 364 Colour plates: 150 Size: 246 x 189 mm Weight: 0.074 Kg
Covers: Laminated Book is divided into colour sections

To meet the need for laboratory diagnosis to be integrated in community care, the new 2022 Update describes point-of-care tests that can be performed both in district laboratories and peripheral healthcare facilities by non-specialist staff. Also included are recently developed self-tests.

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.
  • How to provide reliable, quality- managed, accredited district laboratory services.
  • 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.
  • Preparation of stains and reagents.
  • Checklist for monitoring quality of services in district laboratories
  • SOP formats Chemical hazards information SI Unit Tables
  • Collection of samples
  • Microscopical examination of faeces for parasites
  • Leishman staining of thin blood films Manual counting of WBCs
Use and care of a microscope