The Ostrova Charitable Foundation has been helping to organize workplace internships at the request of doctors and employees of bacteriological laboratories since 2017.
As part of the Training Program, Elena Davydova, a microbiologist at the bacteriological laboratory of General Hospital #2 in St. Petersburg, received training from May 26 to 30 in the bacteriological department of the clinical diagnostic laboratory of the Samara State Medical University under Artyom Lyamin, the department head.
The bacteriological department of the clinical diagnostic laboratory of the Samara State Medical University is currently one of the best in the country. It has extensive experience in identifying gram-negative non-fermenting flora in the sputum of patients with cystic fibrosis. Unfortunately, this experience was preceded by tragic events — a few years ago the Samara Center of Cystic Fibrosis experienced an massive outbreak of B.cepacia infection among its patients.
During her one-week internship Elena Davydova learned about the laboratory equipment and the test medium for B. cepacia and other non-fermenting microorganisms. With the assistance of colleagues she conducted biochemical tests on B.cepacia and A. xylosoxydans, evaluated biochemical reactions for identifying the microorganisms, and did a comparative evaluation of them.
Upon her return to St. Petersburg, the doctor immediately started setting up equipment and conducting biochemical tests on various methods and growth media.