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Dr. Madhvi Deshmukh awarded first prize in poster competition at Raipur,Chattisgarh State Confference 2018 for her paper on "H1N1 in Nagpur".

Dr. Madhavi Deshmukh was recently awarded the prestigious ICRETT fellowship by UICC. UICC is an international cancer congress based in Geneva, Switzerland. As part of fellowship Dr Madhavi worked with Dr. Xiang-Yang Han at Department of Microbiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA. She worked on hospital acquired infections and drug resistance. She studied various automated and advanced microbiological techniques to reduce the turnaround time. MD Anderson Cancer Center at Houston, Texas, USA is a world premier organization for cancer. She is the only microbiologist to receive this honor in central India. She is a post graduate from BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai and has worked at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai. Dr Madhavi Deshmukh is a Consultant Microbiologist at Dhruv Labs, Nagpur

As goes the tradition of bringing/ adding new feathers to its crown, we are proud to announce the NABL accreditation of Dhruv for Microbiology and serology. We are proud to share that we are the only private Microbiology and serology lab in central India accredited by NABL. Our microbiology work is mainly done on Automated Bac T Alert and ViteK 2 C by Biomerieux.

Apart from Micro and serology our accreditation for clinical Biochemistry, clinical haematology and clinical pathology is renewed.

Dr Shailendra Mundhada and Dr Sheela Mundhada are now NABL assessors. They passed the examination conducted by NABL for assessors at Bangalore. They are now assessors in field of Clinical Pathology, Haematology, Biochemistry and Microbiology respectively.

Chronic Suppurative Joint Effusion Due to Burkholderia pseudomallei:

A Case Report

Dr. Madhavi Deshmukh, Dr. Shailendra Mundhada.

Dhruv Pathology and Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Nagpur.


Burkholderia pseudomallei, a gram-negative bacillus is the causative agent of Melioidosis, a glanders-like disease, primarily a disease of animals. Melioidosis has been only a rare and sporadic disease in humans outside its endemic region. Currently, diagnosis of B. pseudomallei in the clinical laboratory is very difficult, owing to low awareness of physicians to the non specific clinical manifestations, lack of responsiveness among microbiologists outside endemic areas, identification systems in the average sentinel laboratory and the biosafety conditions necessary to process these organisms. We report a case of chronic left hip joint effusion in a known case of diabetes mellitus. Gram stain of CT guided aspirate from the joint revealed gram negative bacilli along with pus cells. Culture was confirmed as Burkholderia pseudomallei on Vitek2C which was sensitive to ceftazidime and trimethoprim/sulfmethoxazole. Unfortunately, patient could not be started on appropriate antibiotics due to delay in detection and patient succumbed to severe septicemia. This case is reported to highlight importance of automated identification and sensitivity especially in non-endemic areas and unusual antibiogram of this organism for which disc diffusion method is not standardized.

It was great to see your lab facility. You are doing top-flight pathology here.

Dr. Craig Mullen, Prof. in Pediatrics and Immunology, University of Rochester, New York, USA.

08 Dec, 2011.

1) Clostridium difficile ELISA in Stool (New Test Added)

C difficile associated diarrhoea occurs primarily among individuals who have been using antibiotics called as antibiotic associated diarrhoea. It is the most common infection acquired by patients while they are in the hospital. C. difficile spores lie dormant inside the colon until a person takes an antibiotic. The antibiotic disrupts the other bacteria that normally are living in the colon and preventing C. difficile from transforming into its active, disease causing bacterial form. Antibiotics kill these bacteria and cause C. difficile transform into its infectious form and then produce toxins that inflame and damage the colon.

The toxins are immunochemically and biologically distinct. Toxin A is an enterotoxin and causes an increase in intestinal permeability with subsequent enteric fluid accumulation and diarrhea. Toxin B is a potent cytotoxin which causes rounding of cells in culture.

Clostridium difficile ELISA in Stool is qualitative enzyme immunoassay (ELISA) for the detection of C difficile toxin A and toxin B in stool from patients with antibiotic associated diarrhea.

2) Salmonella typhi Antigen

3) Scrub Typhus lgM ELISA

A four-day-long internal auditor course for medical diagnostic laboratories that was conducted in the city concluded on Sunday. Organized by Foundation for Quality India along with Dhruv Labs, the aim of the course was to appraise laboratory workers about the various quality control measures they must ensure in their laboratories.

Some of the most renowned names in the field of quality control were the faculties during the course. They included Dr Venkatesh Thuppil and Dr Jayaram from Bangalore and Dr P D Sawant from Mumbai. Pathologists, microbiologists, biochemists and laboratory technicians were among the students. Among the issues discussed over the four days were management policies, technical reviews, human resources problems and work that should be allotted to the under-qualified staff.

All the teachers stressed on maintaining quality of various procedures done in the laboratories. "Ours is not like any other profession. People's lives depend on the reports that they get from us. Therefore, it is most important for us to know the right from the wrong and keep updating our skills and knowledge base," said Dr Thuppil.

To help with maintaining their quality, the students were told about the quality system documentation as required by ISO 15189-2007 and NABL112 design and implement ISO 15189 requirements for laboratories.

Director of Dhruv Laboratories Dr Shailendra Mundhada said that the reason for holding the training session in Nagpur was to help improve the level of quality in the city labs. Participants from cities like Hyderabad, Raipur, Bhilai, Wardha and Imphal and the various hospitals of the city took part in the course. Dr. G B Mundhada, Chairman; Dr. Sheela Mundhada, Director; Dr. Madhavi Deshmukh were instrumental in organizing the program

Dhruv lab has recently started a bone bank facility. Sterile bone chips would be made available for surgeons. They are required during major surgeries and bone reconstruction procedures. Sterile bone chips that are tested and properly processed would be made available. The facility would also accept bones like femoral head. These would be processed and then properly stored. Dhruv lab will initially functioning as a bone storage and retrieval center. This is done in collaboration with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

NABH handing over certificate by Director, Quality Council of India, Dr. Giridhar Gyani to Jeevan Jyoti Blood Bank, Nagpur in October 2011. Seen in pictures are Director Sqd. Ldr. Dr. Ravi Wankhede, Director Dr Sheela Mundhada, Dr. Giridhar Gyani, and Chairman Dr G B Mundhada. This is the first NABH accreditation for any blood bank in the region.