We are specialises in the study and detection of infectious diseases and our laboratories are dedicated to 4 different sectors. We have a Class 3 mycobacteriology laboratory, a microbiology lab for the study of bacterial and viral cultures as well as parasitology, and 2 labs dedicated to the study of molecular biology for the diagnosis of infectious diseases as well as general serology.
The Bacteriology-Parasitology Laboratory is staffed with experienced technologists, and managed by 2 microbiologists. The analyses performed
therein play important roles in the overall care of patients’ health and well-
being including diagnosis, therapeutic monitoring, detection of multi-resistant bacteria, production of sterility-monitoring devices implanted in immuno-compromised patients, detection of microorganisms in transfusion blood bags, and the performance of analyses subject to prefectural approval.
With regards to Clostridium difficile, our bacteriology sector is capable of performing the entire range of analyses recommended by companies who specialise in the latest, biological-diagnostic algorithms. In addition to the more traditional techniques based on cultures and susceptibility tests, we also use PCR techniques for the detection and identification of resistance genes in bacteria that are difficult to cultivate (Helicobacter pylori). In addition, we can perform respiratory tests, in conjunction with 13C-marked urine, to diagnose the in vivo presence of Helicobacter pylori infections. This technique is widely-used today, especially to monitor and ensure eradication of various diseases.
Thanks to molecular biology, the detection of multi-resistant enterobacteria, which can carry carbapenemases, can be completed within a few hours, as opposed to the many days required by the more traditional techniques.
Other bacteriology and mycology analyses (considered to be “reference techniques”) are subcontracted to St-Etienne Public Hospital and are performed with the care and quality expected of hospital centres.
In parallel, our laboratory has recognised experience in the production of cellular cultures which we use to employ traditional virology techniques such as virus isolation and identification, and seroneutralisation. These tests are still considered to be the standard reference, especially for the diagnosis of herpes.