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News & Perspective

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Clinical Tools

All Clinical Tools: Microbiology & diagnostics


Policy Updates

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 13, 2018 - In Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists published an official position statement on the role of an antimicrobial stewardship team in the use of rapid diagnostic testing in acute care.

Feb 1, 2018 - FIND reported on a regional stakeholders' summit in South Africa that highlighted the need for rapid diagnostics and improvement of diagnostic capacity as a means of preventing antimicrobial-resistant infections in African countries.

Nov 20, 2017 - On the Lancet Global Health blog, Liang Qu of Monash University assesses the potential of rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests in development to respond to antimicrobial resistance.

Nov 6, 2017 -  The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance summarizes discussions on antimicrobial development and research into rapid diagnostics occurring as part of the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Health in Milan, Italy.

Sep 13, 2017 - The US Government Accountability Office released a technology assessment of the capabilities and challenges posed by medical device technology to enable rapid diagnoses of infectious diseases.

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

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 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.

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.

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)

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

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)

September 2017 - Recommendations for Incentivizing the Development of Therapeutics, Diagnostics, and Vaccines to Combat Antibiotic-Resistance (US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria)

May 2017 - Changing Diagnostic Paradigms for Microbiology (American Academy of Microbiology)

January 2017 - Unleashing the Power of Diagnostic Tests in the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance (The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and AdvaMedDx)

All External Reports

Newsletter Highlights

Feb 15, 2018 - In the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Debby Bogaert, MD, PhD, and Alex van Belkum, PhD, describe the potential of diagnostics and antimicrobial stewardship interventions oriented toward preserving the diversity of the human microbiome.

Feb 15, 2018 - In the Toronto Star, Leah Cowen, PhD, of the University of Toronto writes an opinion piece on the need for Canadian investment in research toward new antimicrobials, vaccines, and diagnostics to address antimicrobial resistance.

Feb 15, 2018 On the American Society for Microbiology's Bugs and Drugs blog, Romney Humphries, PhD, discusses factors involved in interpreting intermediate susceptibility results and the implications of diagnostic uncertainty.

Feb 8, 2018 - In Der Anaesthesist, Daniel C. Richter, MD, et al describe the importance of appropriate empirical therapy, pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic–oriented approaches to antibiotic treatment, interdisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship team involvement, and the role of rapid diagnostic testing in reducing sepsis-related mortality.

Feb 8, 2018 - FIND reported on a meeting held in the Cape Town, South Africa, township of Khayelitsha to discuss the need for rapid diagnostics and diagnostic capabilities to tackle antimicrobial-resistant infections across the African continent. Last month, FIND published a strategy aimed toward accelerating diagnostics use to prevent antimicrobial resistance.

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(Last updated Feb 7, 2018)

Chotiprasitsakul D, Tamma PD, Gadala A, et al. The role of negative methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal surveillance swabs in predicting the need for empiric vancomycin therapy in intensive care unit patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018 (published online Jan 28)

Keske S, Ergonul O, Tutucu F, et al. The rapid diagnosis of viral respiratory tract infections and its impact on antimicrobial stewardship programs. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 2018 (published online Jan 13)

Lisboa T, Salluh J, Povoa P. Do we need new trials of procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy? Crit Care 2018 (published online Jan 27)

Madden GR, Weinstein RA, Sifri CD. Diagnostic stewardship for healthcare-associated infections: opportunities and challenges to safely reduce test use. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018 (published online Jan 14)

Parente DM, Cunha CB, Mylonakis E, et al. The clinical utility of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nasal screening to rule out MRSA pneumonia: a diagnostic meta-analysis with antimicrobial stewardship implications. Clin Infect Dis 2018 (published online Jan 11)

Polen CB, Judd WR, Ratliff PD, et al. Impact of real-time notification of Clostridium difficile test results and early initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy. Am J Infect Control 2018 (published online Jan 3)

Sakarikou C, Altieri A, Bossa MC, et al. Rapid and cost-effective identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in patients with gram-negative bacteremia directly from blood-culture fluid. J Microbiol Methods 2018 (published online Jan 20)

Simpao AF, Ahumada LM, Larru Martinez B, et al. Design and implementation of a visual analytics electronic antibiogram within an electronic health record system at a tertiary pediatric hospital. Appl Clin Inform 2018 (published online Jan 17)

Wald-Dickler N, Holtom P, Spellberg B. Busting the myth of “static vs. cidal”: a systemic literature review. Clin Infect Dis 2017 (published online Dec 26)

Weinbren MJ, Collins M, Heathcote R, et al. Optimization of the blood culture pathway: a template for improved sepsis, management and diagnostic antimicrobial stewardship. J Hosp Infect 2018 (published online Jan 5)

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