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Clinical Tools

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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

Apr 10, 2018 - On The Lancet United States of Health blog, Ray Cavanaugh discusses the growing need for robust antimicrobial stewardship programs and rapid diagnostic testing capability in US healthcare facilities.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

Apr 19, 2018 - In the American Journal of Infection Control, Charles E. Edmiston, PhD, et al describe available rapid diagnostics for bloodstream infections and their roles in antimicrobial stewardship programs.

Apr 19, 2018 - In Clinical Microbiology and Infection, Makeda Semret, MD, MSc, et al assess the use of rapid diagnostics, point-of-care and susceptibility testing, and laboratory networks to improve care and prescribing for febrile syndromes in low-resource settings.

Apr 19, 2018 - On the blog of the Longitude Prize, Rose Brade discusses the clinical barriers to using and interpreting rapid diagnostic and point-of-care testing.

Apr 19, 2018 - A press release from Monash University highlights funding recently awarded by the Australian government to a multidisciplinary team for the development of a rapid diagnostic test to directly detect bacterial and fungal causes of sepsis in whole blood

Apr 19, 2018 - On The Lancet United States of Health blog, Ray Cavanaugh discusses the growing need for robust antimicrobial stewardship programs and rapid diagnostic testing capability in US healthcare facilities.

Apr 19, 2018 - On the Association of Health Care Journalists Covering Health blog, Victoria Colliver, MA, describes insights into antimicrobial resistance, stewardship interventions, and drug and diagnostics development that were presented last week at the Health Journalism 2018 conference.

All Newsletters Highlights



(Last updated Apr 5, 2018)

Bougnoux ME, Brun S, Zahar JR. Healthcare-associated fungal outbreaks: new and uncommon species, new molecular tools for investigation and prevention. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control 2018 (published online Mar 27)

Claxton AN, Dark PM. Biomarker-guided antibiotic cessation in sepsis: evidence and future challenges. Brit J Hosp Med 2018 (published online Mar 12)

Forni S, Toccafondi G, Viaggi B, et al. The integration between diagnostic and antimicrobial stewardship in septic patient management in Tuscany. Recenti Prog Med 2018 Feb;109(2):133-6

Groessl EJ, Ganiats TG, Hillery N, et al. Cost analysis of rapid diagnostics for drug-resistant tuberculosis. BMC Infect Dis 2018 (published online Mar 2)

Jenkins TC, Haukoos JS, Cotton E, et al. Time course of C-reactive protein and procalcitonin levels during the treatment of acute bacterial skin infections. Open Forum Infect Dis 2018 (published online Jan 30)

Kanamori H, Weber DJ, Gergen MF, et al. Epidemiologic characteristics of health care–associated outbreaks and lessons learned from multiple outbreak investigations with a focus on the usefulness of routine molecular analysis. Am J Infect Control 2018 (published online Mar 16)

Keske S, Zabun B, Aksoy K, et al. The rapid molecular detection of gastrointestinal pathogens and its role in antimicrobial stewardship. J Clin Microbiol 2018 (published online Mar 7)

Navarro-San Francisco C, Ruiz-Garbajosa P, Canton R. The what, when and how in performing and interpreting microbiological diagnostic tests in skin and soft tissue infections. Curr Opin Infect Dis 2018 Apr;31(2):104-12

Ombelet S, Ronat JB, Walsh T, et al. Clinical bacteriology in low-resource settings: today's solutions. Lancet Infect Dis 2018 (published online Mar 5)

Rodriguez-Lucas C, Rodicio MR, Costales I, et al. Evaluation of Sepsis Flow Chip for identification of gram-negative bacilli and detection of antimicrobial resistance genes directly from positive blood cultures. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 2018 (published online Feb 14)

Seo SK, Gedrimaite Z, Paskovaty A, et al. Impact of QuickFISH in addition to antimicrobial stewardship on vancomycin use and resource utilization in cancer patients with coagulase-negative staphylococcal blood cultures. Clin Microbiol Infect 2018 (published online Mar 13)

Sinha M, Jupe J, Mack H, et al. Emerging technologies for molecular diagnosis of sepsis. Clin Microbiol Rev 2018 Apr;31(2)

Tallman GB, Vilches-Tran RA, Elman MR, et al. Empiric antibiotic prescribing decisions among medical residents: the role of the antibiogram. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018 (published online Mar 1)

 All Bibliography: Diagnostics


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