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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008 Dec 6;152(49):2650-2.

[Medical microbiology laboratories in Dutch hospitals: essential for safe patient care].

[Article in Dutch]

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Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht, afd. Medische Microbiologie en Julius Centrum voor Gezondheidszorgonderzoek en Huisartsgeneeskunde, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht.


The Netherlands Health Care Inspectorate investigated the quality of medical microbiology laboratories in Dutch hospitals. By and large the laboratories fulfilled the requirements for appropriate care, although some processes were unsatisfactory and some were insufficiently formalised. In the Netherlands, laboratories for medical microbiology are integrated within hospitals and medical microbiologists are responsible for the diagnostic processes as well as for co-treatment of patients, infection prevention and research. This integrated model contrasts to the more industrialised model in many other countries, where such laboratories are physically distinct from hospitals with a strong focus on diagnostics. The Inspectorate also concludes that the current position of medical microbiology in Dutch hospitals is necessary for patient safety and that outsourcing of these facilities is considered unacceptable.

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