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News & Perspective

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Clinical Tools

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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

Jul 8, 2018 - The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV released draft guidelines for the management of Mycoplasma genitalium infection with a focus on proper diagnostic testing and prevention of antimicrobial resistance.

May 23, 2018 - In Clinical Infectious Diseases, Romney Humphries, PhD, et al describe the potential implications of the US 21st Century Cures Act in allowing developers of diagnostic and susceptibility tests to more rapidly update to current breakpoints.

May 4, 2018 - The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published a Medtech Innovation Briefing that assesses the implications of using point-of-care diagnostic testing for pharyngitis caused by Group A Streptococcus in primary care.

Apr 20, 2018 - The US Food & Drug Administration authorized the first test to identify Candida auris.

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.

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

Jul 12, 2018 - In the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy,Eric Wenzler, PharmD, et al review the implementation of rapid molecular diagnostics for bloodstream infections, with particular attention to the needs of hospitals that may lack clinicians trained in infectious diseases or antimicrobial stewardship.

Jul 12, 2018 - In Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Megan E. Gray, MD, et al found that an intervention comprising implementation of rapid diagnostics plus telephone consultation with an infectious diseases fellow reduced time to appropriate therapy by more than 10 hours for patients with enterococcal bloodstream infections.

Jul 12, 2018 - In Clinical Infectious Diseases, Xiang-Sheng Chen, MD, PhD, et al propose a multifaceted intervention comprising surveillance, outcomes measurement, antibiotic stewardship, diagnostics, antimicrobial assessment, and population pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics for expanding interdisciplinary research on gonococcal resistance in China. 

Jul 12, 2018 - In the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Antonio Morales, PhD, et al evaluate the efficacy of empirical antibiotic therapy using a novel decision support method to enhance the usefulness of regional antibiograms, finding that the efficacy of antibiotics recommended by the new method on 15,799 cultures and 356,404 susceptibility tests was significantly greater than the efficacy of the antibiotics actually administered.

Jul 12, 2018 - In MD Magazine, Ryan Shields, PharmD, MS, describes how the integration of rapid diagnostics may improve care and prescribing for patients with infections caused by carbapenem-resistant bacteria. And in the same magazine, Thomas Lodise, PharmD, PhD, discusses methods of classifying risk, interpreting susceptibility breakpoints, and establishing surveillance for multidrug-resistant pathogens.

All Newsletters Highlights



(Last updated Jul 9, 2018)

Bartoletti M, Antonelli M, Bruno Blasi FA, et al. Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy: an expert consensus. Clin Chem Lab Med 2018 (published online Jun 6)

Bhavsar SM, Dingle TC, Hamula CL. The impact of blood culture identification by MALDI-TOF MS on the antimicrobial management of pediatric patients. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 2018 (published online May 31)

Demore B, Tebano G, Gravoulet J, et al. Rapid antigen test use for the management of group A streptococcal pharyngitis in community pharmacies. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 2018 (published online Jun 6)

Dortet L, Tande D, de Briel D, et al. MALDI-TOF for the rapid detection of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: comparison of the commercialized MBT STAR-Carba IVD Kit with two in-house MALDI-TOF techniques and the RAPIDEC CARBA NP. J Antimicrob Chemother 2018 (published online Jun 11)

Giannella M, Paolucci M, Roncarati G, et al. Potential role of T2Candida in the management of empirical antifungal treatment in patients at high risk of candidaemia: a pilot single-centre study. J Antimicrob Chemother 2018 (published online Jun 22)

Giordano C, Piccoli E, Brucculeri V, et al. A prospective evaluation of two rapid phenotypical antimicrobial susceptibility technologies for the diagnostic stewardship of sepsis. Biomed Res Int 2018 (published online May 10)

Pliakos EE, Andreatos N, Shehadeh F, et al. The cost-effectiveness of rapid diagnostic testing for the diagnosis of bloodstream infections with or without antimicrobial stewardship. Clin Microbiol Rev 2018 (published online May 30)

Tolg MA, Dosa DM, Jump RLP, et al. Antimicrobial stewardship in long-term care facilities: approaches to creating an antibiogram when few bacterial isolates are cultured annually. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2018 (published online Jun 19)

Wangrangsimakul T, Althaus T, Mukaka M, et al. Causes of acute undifferentiated fever and the utility of biomarkers in Chiangrai, northern Thailand. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 (published online May 31)

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