The Official Journal of the Turkish Society Of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (KLİMİK)

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March 2024, Volume 6, Issue 1

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Two Pioneers of Women Medical Doctors

Füsun Can and Özlem Kurt-Azap

Women have fought hard worldwide to obtain their right to education and service in medicine. Türkiye’s first female physicians, who challenged the traditional structure and struggled to become trained physicians, played pioneering roles in the medical and scientific fields. This article is dedicated to Dr. Zaruhi Kavalcıyan and Dr. Safiye Ali, two pioneers of women’s rights in medicine in Türkiye (...) Read More

Original Article

Detrimental Effects of Sterilization Types on Single-Use Coronary Angioplasty Catheters for Reuse: An Electron Microscopic Study

Tuba Kuruoğlu and others

Reprocessing a disposable medical device in which sterility deteriorates without contact with the blood and body fluids is called “reprocessing.” If it is ready for use by being processed again for the same or another patient, it is named reuse. The increasing number of blood-borne diseases led to the broader use of disposable instruments. Cardiac catheters, (...) Read More

Knowledge and Attitudes of Patients About the Rational Use of Antibiotics

Pınar Korkmaz and others

Antimicrobial resistance can lead to morbidity and mortality in serious infections. Therefore, antimicrobial resistance has been accepted as a global public health problem in the 21st century. Unnecessary and excessive use of drugs is a serious problem in our country as well as in the rest of the world. Unnecessarily used drugs play an important role (...) Read More

Predictors of Significant Histological Hepatic Abnormality in Treatment-Naive Patients Infected with HBeAg-Negative Chronic Hepatitis B

Gülşah Tunçer and others

Chronic hepatitis B (CHB)  infection is a global health problem that the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 296 million individuals diagnosed with CHB, and 820,000 died worldwide in 2019. In our country, as per the Türkiye Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Control Program for 2018-2023, there have been 3.3 million patients with CHB infection in Türkiye. Read More

Individualized High Dose Intravenous Anakinra Treatment in Cancer Patients with COVID-19 Associated Cytokine Storm: A Retrospective Controlled Study

Ramazan Çakmak and Murat Bektaş

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a potentially life-threatening disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Clinical findings of COVID-19 are ranged from asymptomatic to severe pneumoniae, acute respiratory distress syndrome, multiorgan failure and death. A severe COVID-19 course is associated with a higher inflammatory state (cytokine storm) due to the excessive release (...) Read More

Infection Risk Prediction in Healthcare Settings: Lessons from COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Salih Keskin and others

Contact tracing has been recognized as a critical process in controlling infectious disease epidemics. Its objectives include early identification of potentially infectious cases and prevention of the emergence of new clusters. In the context of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, in-hospital contact-tracing efforts (...) Read More

How Reliable is ChatGPT as a Novel Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology?

Gülşah Tunçer and Kadir Görkem Güçlü

Artificial intelligence models have influenced many branches of science in recent years. It is used in various departments of medicine. ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is a text-based artificial intelligence model developed by OpenAI. ChatGPT can be used in many areas of medicine, such as to generate medical text, answer medical questions, provide recommendations for diagnosis and treatment (...) Read More

Brief Report

The Practice of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Thoracic Surgery and its Effectiveness

Bahar Madran and others

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a significant global problem, and their burden increases with emerging antimicrobial resistance. Globally, around 12.3% of surgical patients suffer from SSIs annually, with higher rates in low-income countries (23.2%) compared to high-income countries (9.4%). Inappropriate antibiotic use not only escalates the rate of (...) Read More

Comparison of the i-test COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test with Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase PCR

Muhammet Çağrı Yıldız and others

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is used in high-capacity laboratories in the diagnosis of COVID-19. On the other hand, rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests require less technical expertise and laboratory capacity. Antigen tests, which are faster and cost-effective, are increasingly used in COVID-19 screening and diagnosis. This study aimed to compare the i-test (...) Read More