16th July 2016

Our second ‘Meet the Infectious Disease Specialists™’ seminar of 2016 was held at the Shangri-La Hotel and was opened by Dr Wong Sin Yew. The theme was “Improving Clinical Management of Bacterial Infections” in both children and adults.

Our first speaker, Dr Jenny Tang, a paediatrician from Gleneagles Hospital, presented on bacterial pneumonia, its complications and prevention in children. She elaborated on differences in aetiology of pneumonia in different age groups, clinical management including investigations, antimicrobial treatment and indications for admission to the hospital. There was also a timely reminder on childhood vaccinations as prevention against infection and emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Dr Lam Mun San provided an update on the spectrum and management of acute bacterial skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI). This ranged from common infections such as cellulitis and surgical wound infections to the rarer but more severe infections such as staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS). She also discussed community acquired MRSA as an emerging pathogen for SSTIs.

Dr Poh Beow Kiong, a urologist from Gleneagles Hospital, spoke on acute and chronic prostatitis after kicking off with a case presentation and focused on the pragmatic classification, assessment and management of prostatitis in the primary care setting.

Our final speaker, Dr Wong, started his session on the human microbiome and the impact of antibiotics with a case discussion. This topic being a rapidly advancing area of research, Dr Wong elaborated on the practical applications of understanding the human microbiome and implications in obesity and malnutrition as well as therapeutic interventions such as probiotics, antibiotics and faecal microbiota transplant (FMT).

The Q&A session followed as family physicians sought to clarify points from the presentations they could utilize in their clinics.

Feedback provided by the participants showed an appreciation of the broad coverage of various topics that were relevant and well delivered by the speakers, with many indicating interest in attending future events.

We wish to thank our urology and paediatric colleagues for taking their Saturday afternoon off to join us in providing updates to our family medicine colleagues. We are grateful to Pfizer for their support in organising this seminar.

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