The Department of Medical Microbiology provides the laboratory background for the detection of infectious diseases. Within this organization unit the tasks are divided into three areas. The Bacteriology Laboratory performs so called mixed clinical bacteriology, enteric bacteriology and hygiene tests, detecting pathogens with rapid diagnostics or culture. The lab diagnostics of infections caused by yeasts is also done here. The sender is informed about the antibiotic resistance of pathogen cultures according to the EUCAST guidelines. The Virology Laboratory is responsible for serological and nucleic acid-based diagnostics. These are requested primarily for the diagnosis of viral infections but the testing of other pathogens is also done here. The Mycobacterium Laboratory is responsible for the detection of TB pathogens and the determination of sensitivity to anti-tuberculosis drugs.
The Department of Medical Microbiology provides specialist training and further education in the field of Medical Microbiology and in all other disciplines where practice in laboratories of infectious diseases is an obligatory part of training. The staff of the Department of Medical Microbiology is constantly available for consultation, including recommendations and advising on the indications, timing, and pre-analytical requirements of tests provided in laboratories of infectious diseases, as well as the expected effective empirical antimicrobial therapy, the interpretation of partial and final results, the relationship between antimicrobial therapy and antibiotic resistance, opportunities against the spreading of resistance, and progressive tests.