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Economic challenges for hospital laboratories

In industrial nations expenditures in healthcare systems are continuously rising. Due to technical and medical improvements, a growing awareness of claims of patients and most of all, as the obvious result of a disproportionally ageing population, costs are increasing.

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Massive new generation sequencing (NGS) applied to clinical microbiology: reality or fiction?  

The Vall d’Hebron Clinical Laboratories, located in the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, centralize the in vitro diagnostic studies of both hospital activity and primary care for the 1.2 million people population of the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. This intense activity allows us to keep a very broad view of every aspect of in vitro diagnosis, including Clinical Microbiology.

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Future directions in countering antimicrobial resistance  

The fight against bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is a crucial element of medical and microbiological research today. The phenomenon of antibiotic resistance itself is a part of the expression of the bacterial genome, and therefore can be expected to emerge in whatever situation antibiotics are used, and to increase with the number of drugs used.

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