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Canadian Bacterial Surveillance Network (CBSN) Database

Database Details

Access to Database

  • Access to this Database is password protected and currently limited to CBSN participants, collaborators and sponsors.
  • Summary data available for other visitors.
  • Limited data access may be granted to other clinicians, laboratorians or researchers on a need to know basis.
  • Complete a 'Database access request form' to request password access or additional information

Source of Data

  • A sample of volunteer clinical laboratories serving Canadian hospitals and communities send isolates to Mount Sinai Hospital where microbroth dilution testing is performed according to NCCLS guidelines

Type of Data

  • Antimicrobial sensitivity data on specific bacterial pathogens.
  • NCCLS cutpoints are used to convert minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values into sensitive (S), intermediate (I) and resistant (R) categories for each antibiotic tested.
  • Antibiotics for which sensitivity results are available are those recommended for sensitivity testing by NCCLS and for which NCCLS cutpoints are available, or those considered epidemiologically significant. They do not necessarily represent recommended clinical treatment options for infections caused by these pathogens.
  • Due to increased interest in Fluoroquinolone resistance, ciprofloxacin susceptibility testing results have been provided. Non-susceptible isolates with MIC >4 will be reported as resistant in the query results tables and graphs.
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae data currently on-line. Haemophilus influenzae and gram negatives coming soon.

Security of Data

  • Access password protected.
  • Level of access determined by participant's role in the surveillance network and linked to individual passwords.
  • Query structure does not allow participating sites to be identified individually.



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