The Canadian Bacterial Surveillance Network
monitors the prevalence, mechanisms and epidemiology of antibiotic
resistance in Canada.
CBSN is a subgroup
of the Canadian Bacterial Diseases
Network, which is one of 15
Networks of Centres of Excellence (a Canada-wide consortium
of researchers whose work focuses on bacterial disease). The
surveillance network is comprised of a group of clinical laboratories
across Canada who voluntarily provide data and bacterial isolates
for epidemiological and microbiological study. The goals of
this work are to identify problems of emerging bacterial resistance
and changing epidemiology and ensure that health care providers
have the data needed to establish appropriate laboratory testing
guidelines and patient management strategies.