WHONET Webinars

Title WHONET Webinar Series: WHONET and Multidrug Resistance
Date Wednesday November 29th
Time 12:00 UTC (7am in New York, 1pm in Geneva and 8pm in Manila)
Registration Click here to register for the webinar.

Description: The most common use of antimicrobial susceptibility test data is the presentation of statistics for individual antibiotics, for example 80% of Escherichia coli in a dataset might be resistant to ampicillin, but only 5% resistant to imipenem. But there is additional value is studying isolates from the perspective of “multidrug resistance” (MDR). There are important implications for treatment guidelines – for example, one isolate of MRSA may be resistant to penicillin and oxacillin alone, but another MRSA isolate could be resistant to penicillin, oxacillin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, and clindamycin. For the second isolate, there would be fewer treatment alternatives available for use by clinicians. The monitoring of multidrug resistance profiles also has important applications for the recognition, tracking, and containment of resistance threats, such as hospital, community, and foodborne outbreaks by multi-resistant pathogens.

Agenda: The focus of this webinar will be exploring the therapeutic and public health importance of multidrug resistance, as well as WHONET’s features for categorizing, tracking, and alerting multidrug resistant microbial subpopulations. We will also cover analyses of MDR as a tool for data quality assessment. Topics to include:

  • Clinical and public health importance
  • Approaches for defining multidrug resistance
  • WHONET analyses
    • Antibiograms using resistance filters
    • Scatterplots
    • Resistance profiles
    • Outbreak detection

The use of “resistance profiles” is core to WHONET’s cluster detection algorithms using SaTScan, which will be covered in greater detail in a future webinar.

Because of the end-of-year holidays, we will not plan for a WHONET webinar for December, and we will resume in January.

Recordings and resources for prior WHONET webinars.

WHONET macros and reports are valuable analysis features that permit the convenient repetition of previous analyses with new data files. The data analyst may wish to prepare standard Excel or Word reports on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis. The analyst may also wish to customize specialized reports that can be shared with laboratory staff, pharmacists, infection control personnel, epidemiologists, national stakeholders, and others.

This webinar covers the following related points:

  • The purpose of macros and reports
  • How to create macros using “Data analysis”.
  • How to use "Quick Analysis" to create and interpret pre-defined epidemiology and quality reports created by the WHONET development team
  • How to use "Quick Analysis" to create and interpret user-defined reports
  • The manual creation of reports (e.g. weekly or monthly) as well as automated scheduled reports with the WHONET Automation Tool (e.g. daily).
  • Open question and answer session.
Webinar recording Powerpoint slides Additional resources
YouTube Macros and Quick Analysis presentation Epidemiology report
Test practies and quality report

The World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Surveillance System (GLASS) offers a number of reporting modules for antimicrobial resistance and use. In this webinar, we will discuss the WHO GLASS-AMR module for national annual aggregate statistics on antimicrobial resistance in priority pathogens and specimen types. WHONET greatly simplifies the process of generating the data files needed by national data managers for submission to the new WHO GLASS 2.0 online platform, which is based on the DHIS2 web application.

This webinar covers the following related points:

  • General background on WHONET and related tools.
  • Updates to the WHO GLASS AMR 2.0 protocol.
  • How to create a GLASS laboratory in WHONET.
  • How to create the RIS and Sample files using WHONET.
  • How to import the RIS and Sample files into the new GLASS platform.
  • Overview of the visualizations available in the web platform after importing your data.
  • Open question and answer session.

Webinar recording Powerpoint slides Additional resources
YouTube WHONET-WHO GLASS presentation
WHO GLASS-AMR presentation
WHO GLASS resources and manual