April 2018 - Overview of Recent Policy Initiatives and New Resources for Antimicrobial Stewardship [PDF]
Dec 18, 2018 - On the blog of the Longitude Prize, Christine Carson, PhD, discusses how a lack of consensus on the measurement of antimicrobial-resistant infections, inconsistent diagnostic coding, and variable susceptibility testing methods have led to difficulty in quantifying the scale of antimicrobial resistance.
Nov 29, 2018 - In the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine, Iruka A. Okeke, PhD, MSc, discusses opportunitites to build laboratory capacity and integrate molecular diagnostic methods in African healthcare settings, along with examples of local innovations.
Nov 26, 2018 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that more than $15 million USD would be awarded to 41 projects to explore gaps in knowledge about antibiotic resistance and pilot innovative solutions, including projects to develop a rapid phenotypic susceptibility test for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, assess risk of hospital microbial transmission based on shotgun metagenome sequencing, evaluate diagnostic tests to identify Mycoplasma pneumoniae, study the impact of a rapid test to diagnose coccidioidomycosis, and more.
Oct 17, 2018 - An editorial in Nature highlights issues with the efficiency of antimicrobial susceptibility testing, along with potential interdisciplinary interventions to improve processes and test development.
Oct 15, 2018 - During a high-level visit to the Mycetoma Research Centre (MRC) in Khartoum, Sudan, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged the World Health Organization's commitment to work with and support the MRC in developing better diagnostics, treatment, and prevention tools for mycetoma, an infectious disease caused by bacteria or fungi that mostly affects the feet of manual workers, laborers, and herdsmen between the ages of 15 and 30 in developing countries.
Dec 12, 2017 - View the CIDRAP-ASP hosted webinar with Dr. Romney Humphries as she presents "Improving the Antibiotic Stewardship Value of Clinical Microbiology Tests."
2018 Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit: Role of the Laboratory in Antimicrobial Stewardship: Presented by Daniel Diekema, MD (Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program)
An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Fundamentals of Susceptibility Testing, Reporting, and Test Validation (Self-Study Series) (American Society for Microbiology, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, and Accelerate Diagnostics)
Clinical Microbiology Case Studies (American Society for Microbiology) - Case study presentations explore the microbiology lab’s role in susceptibility testing, prescribing decisions, and diagnosis of antibiotic-related enteric infections.
Diagnostic Stewardship: Does Optimisation of the Blood Culture Pathway Have a Role to Play? Presented by Dr. Mike Weinbren (2018 British Society for Microbial Technology Annual Scientific Conference: Rapid Diagnostics—Time is Relative)
Diagnostic Tests & Antibiotic Resistance (The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and AdvaMedDx) - ARAC, in partnership with AdvaMedDx, developed infographics that highlight how diagnostic tests can be utilized to help combat antibiotic resistance.
Fighting Superbugs in India: A Short Film (The Longitude Prize and India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council) - A 10-minute film follows stories from India where antibiotic resistance is growing rapidly and features interviews with doctors, patients, and researchers to highlight the urgency of the problem. Filmmakers also spoke with teams competing for the Longitude Prize to make rapid diagnostic tests that will hopefully help address the spread of superbugs in India and globally.
Focusing Stewardship: Changing the Culture of Culturing (Podcast featuring James Lewis, PharmD, and Julia Szymczak, PhD) (The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America)
Hard to Resist (The Institute on Science for Global Policy) - A March 2018 ISGP podcast ponders the balance between the potential to obtain comprehensive data on antimicrobial resistance from DNA sequencing technologies and the usefulness of applying such data within a clinical context.
The Human Diagnosis Project (American Medical Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties, National Association of Community Health Centers, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice)
The Impact of Rapid Diagnostics on Antimicrobial Stewardship (Presentation featuring Dianne Tabb, PharmD, MT) (Georgia Department of Public Health Antibiotic Stewardship Program) [Presentation] [Slides]
The Methods of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Educational Resource (MASTER) eLearning Curriculum (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - The three, hour-long courses provide online training in the area of antimicrobial susceptibility testing for bacteria isolated from clinical specimens.
Rapid Diagnostics, Bad Bugs and Antibiotics: Not That Easy: Presented by Dr. Vanya Gant (2018 British Society for Microbial Technology Annual Scientific Conference: Rapid Diagnostics—Time is Relative)
Rapid Metagenomic Diagnosis of Hospital Acquired Pneumonia: Presented by Dr. Justin O’Grady (2018 British Society for Microbial Technology Annual Scientific Conference: Rapid Diagnostics—Time is Relative)
Sepsis Educational Tools (The UK Sepsis Trust) - The UK Sepsis Trust developed a manual and educational videos on screening, diagnostics, and care of patients with suspected or confirmed sepsis, highlighting the role of antimicrobial stewardship and appropriate empirical antimicrobial use.
Show Me the Money! Antimicrobials vs. Rapid Diagnostic Pipelines by Melissa D. Johnson, PharmD, MHS, and Romney M. Humphries, PhD (2017 Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists Annual Meeting)
Teamwork for UTI diagnosis: Practical tools and skills: Presentation by Heidi Wald, MD, MSPH(Colorado Hospital Association)
Utility of Rapid Diagnostics in Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia in Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists) - The course will review the commercially available rapid diagnostic testing available to be used in treating patients with S. aureus, technologies associated with available rapid testing, ways that rapid diagnostics can help in the management of patients with S. aureus, and ways to incorporate rapid diagnostics into antimicrobial stewardship programs to improve outcomes.
December 2018 - The Detection and Reporting of Colistin Resistance (World Health Organization Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System).
July 2018 - 2018 BASHH UK National Guidelines for the Management of Infection with Mycoplasma genitalium (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV)
January 2018 - Accelerating Diagnostics Use to Prevent AMR (FIND)
September 2017 - Medical devices: Capabilities and challenges of technologies to enable rapid diagnoses of infectious diseases (US Government Accountability Office)
Jan 17, 2019 - The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) extended the deadline of its call for partners to join the AMR Diagnostics Use Accelerator to improve the care of children and adolescents presenting with acute febrile illness in low- and middle-income countries until Jan 28.
Jan 17, 2019 - In Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Olivia Ellis, PhD, MS, MPH, et al describe how, in the absence of a commercially available rapid test for N gonorrhoeae antimicrobial susceptibility, a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay was validated as concordant with expected results, with an interpretable genotype yielded from 57.2% of 1,370 asymptomatic patients, 480 of whom could potentially be treated with ciprofloxacin.
Jan 17, 2019 - On the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases blog, Raj Karnatak, MBBS, summarizes discussions from a recent journal club that focused on the strengths and weaknesses of a novel assay for the early diagnosis of sepsis.
Jan 17, 2019 - The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published an expert consensus protocol on colistin resistance detection and characterization for the European genomic surveillance of carbapenem- and colistin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae survey.
Jan 10, 2019 - The Longitude Prize blog summarizes the 2-day Accelerator Programme, which aimed to help 21 teams working across India build plans to bring to market their rapid diagnostic tests to reduce antimicrobial resistance.
(Last updated Jan 3, 2019)
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