The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have issued an updated guide to utilization of the microbiology laboratory for diagnosis of infectious diseases. The guide updates recommendations published in 2013 and is designed to help health care providers keep up with the latest technology and know what tests to order and when. Among the highlights:
- The guide updates the latest technology, including genetic and molecular tests.
- The guide underscores the importance of careful and correct collection and management of blood, urine, skin, or other tissue specimens.
- Extensive tables provide detailed guidance in the use and limitations of the tests, organized by type of infection.
- Expanded information on pediatric needs and testing for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease as well as information on the advancements in diagnostics are also included.
Miller JM, Binnicker MJ, Campbell S, et al. A guide to utilization of the microbiology laboratory for diagnosis of infectious diseases: 2018 update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society for Microbiology. [Published online ahead of print June 28, 2018]. Clin Infect Dis. doi:10.1093/cid/ciy381.
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