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.
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."
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.
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)
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.
(Last updated Feb 7, 2018)
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