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News & Perspective

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Clinical Tools

All Clinical Tools: Microbiology & diagnostics


Policy Updates

April 2018 - Overview of Recent Policy Initiatives and New Resources for Antimicrobial Stewardship [PDF]

January 2018 - Antimicrobial Stewardship and Rapid Diagnostic Testing in Low-Resource Settings [HTML] [PDF]

October 2017 - Rapid Diagnostic Testing in Antimicrobial Stewardship [HTML] [PDF]


In Brief: Policy News

Feb 11, 2019 - On the Scientific American blog, Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, discusses the need for enhanced investment to improve clinical diagnostics and therapies for tuberculosis and challenge "the lack of adequate 21st-century tools to fight what's now a 21st-century epidemic."

Feb 1, 2019 - The US Food & Drug Administration released finalized guidance on coordinated development of antimicrobial drugs and antimicrobial susceptibility test devices. The draft of the guidance was issued in September 2016.

Jan 14, 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.

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.

All In Brief: Policy News

Podcasts & Webinars

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." 


Educational Multimedia

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.

Microbiology Review for Clinicians: Presentation by Radhika Polisetty, PharmD (Northwestern Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program)

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 Diagnostic Testing of Positive Blood Cultures & Impact on Antimicrobial Stewardship: Presented by Brad Crane, PharmD (Luminex Corporation Xtalks)

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.

External Reports

February 2019 - Coordinated Development of Antimicrobial Drugs and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Devices: Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff (US Food and Drug Administration)

January 2019 Expert consensus protocol on colistin resistance detection and characterisation for the survey of carbapenem- and/or colistin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)

December 2018 The Detection and Reporting of Colistin Resistance (World Health Organization Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System). 

October 2018 - Innovation in AMR: patent trends for novel diagnostics (The Longitude Prize)

July 2018 2018 BASHH UK National Guidelines for the Management of Infection with Mycoplasma genitalium (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV)

All External Reports

Newsletter Highlights

Mar 21, 2019 - On IDStewardship, Timothy Gauthier, PharmD, lists five situations in which antimicrobial stewardship team members have the chance to consider or respond to information from the microbiology laboratory

Mar 21, 2019 - In Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica, Rafael Cantón, PhD, et al discuss updates to recommendations made by the Spanish Antibiogram Committee and the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Study Group on Mechanisms of Action and Resistance to Antimicrobial Agents for including antimicrobial agents and selecting concentrations to cover new breakpoints and epidemiologic cut-off values in automated antimicrobial susceptibility testing device design.

Mar 21, 2019 - In the Annals of Family Medicine, Paul Little, MBBS, et al evaluate the long-term effects of online training on C-reactive protein point-of-care testing and provider communication for respiratory tract infection prescribing in general practices in Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Wales, finding that training in communication skills was associated with sustainable reductions in antibiotic prescribing, while early improvement in prescribing seen with C-reactive protein training waned and was not associated with improved prescribing for lower respiratory tract infections.

Mar 14, 2019 - In news from the University of Zurich, Nathalie Huber profiles the work of Prajwal Prajwal, PhD, and Sebastian Dümcke, PhD, MSc, in developing and marketing a rapid diagnostic test for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

Mar 14, 2019 The Daily Star reports on the development of a rapid diagnostic test for cholera led by the icddr,b in Bangladesh in partnership with Incepta Pharmaceuticals.

All Newsletters Highlights



(Last updated Mar 6, 2019)

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Chambliss AB, Hayden J, Colby JM. Evaluation of procalcitonin immunoassay concordance near clinical decision points. Clin Chem Lab Med 2019 (published online Feb 14)

Farnaes L, Wilke J, Ryan Loker K, et al. Community acquired pneumonia in children: cell free plasma sequencing for diagnosis and management. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 2019 (published online Feb 2)

Fullston EF, Doyle MJ, Higgins MF, et al. Clinical impact of rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for group B Streptococcus (GBS) in term women with ruptured membranes. Ir J Med Soc 2019 (published online Jan 31)

Gygli SM, Keller PM, Ballif M, et al. Whole genome sequencing for drug resistance profile prediction in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2019 (published online Feb 4)

Humphreys H, Coleman DC. The contribution of whole-genome sequencing to our understanding of the epidemiology and control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J Hosp Infect 2019 (published online Feb 2)

Keitel K, Samaka J, Masimba J, et al. Safety and efficacy of C-reactive protein-guided antibiotic use to treat acute respiratory infections in Tanzanian children: a planned subgroup analysis of a randomized, controlled non-inferiority trial evaluating a novel electronic clinical decision algorithm (ePOCT). Clin Infect Dis 2019 (published online Feb 2)

Lam SW, Bass SN. Advancing infectious diseases diagnostic testing and applications to antimicrobial therapy in the ICU. J Pharm Pract 2019 (published online Feb 26)

Nikolayevskyy V, Maurer FP, Holicka Y, et al. Novel external quality assurance scheme for drug susceptibility testing of non-tuberculous mycobacteria: a multicentre pilot study. J Antimicrob Chemother 2019 (published online Feb 11)

Nisa S, Bercker C, Midwinter AC, et al. Combining MALDI-TOF and genomics in the study of methicillin resistant and multidrug resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in New Zealand. Sci Rep 2019 (published online Feb 4)

Niwa T, Yonetamari J, Hayama N, et al. Clinical impact of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry combined with antimicrobial stewardship interventions in patients with bloodstream infections in a Japanese tertiary hospital. Int J Clin Pract 2019 (published online Feb 27)

Paonessa JR, Shah RD, Pickens CI, et al. Rapid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in bronchoalveolar lavage: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Chest 2019 (published online Feb 15)

Paul S, Singh S, Chakrabarti A, et al. Stable isotope labelling: an approach for MALDI-TOF MS-based rapid detection of fluconazole resistance in Candida tropicalis. J Antimicrob Chemother 2019 (published online Feb 6)

Schneider JG, Wood JB, Schmitt BH, et al. Susceptibility Provision Enhances Effective De-escalation (SPEED): utilizing rapid phenotypic susceptibility testing in Gram-negative bloodstream infections and its potential clinical impact. J Antimicrob Chemother 2019 (published online Jan 25)

Schuetz P, Beishuizen A, Broyles M, et al. Procalcitonin (PCT)-guided antibiotic stewardship: an international experts consensus on optimized clinical use. Clin Chem Lab Med 2019 (published online Feb 6)

Sick-Samuels AC, Woods-Hill CZ, Fackler JC, et al. Association of a blood culture utilization intervention on antibiotic use in a pediatric intensive care unit. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2019 (published online Feb 15)

Skodvin B, Wathne JS, Lindemann PC, et al. Use of microbiology tests in the era of increasing AMR rates—a multicentre hospital cohort study. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control 2019 (published online Feb 4)

Stalenhoef JE, van Nieuwkoop C, Wilson DC, et al. Procalcitonin, mid-regional proadrenomedullin and C-reactive protein in predicting treatment outcome in community-acquired febrile urinary tract infection. BMC Infect Dis 2019 (published online Feb 14)

Tanz RR, Ranniger EJ, Rippe JL, et al. Highly sensitive molecular assay for group A streptococci over-identifies carriers and may impact outpatient antimicrobial stewardship. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2019 (published online Feb 6)

Zurcher K, Balilif M, Fenner L, et al. Drug susceptibility testing and mortality in patients treated for tuberculosis in high-burden countries: a multicentre cohort study. Lancet Infect Dis 2019 (published online Feb 7)

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