The Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Society for Microbiology released an updated guide Thursday to help healthcare providers select the right molecular lab test and properly provide specimens to reduce errors that could lead to misdiagnoses and harmful outcomes.
Providers receive new guide to navigate infectious disease testing
Microbiology laboratory testing can diagnose infectious diseases faster than traditional diagnostic methods to detect infectious diseases, like growing cultures or running blood tests, which can lead to earlier identification of a potential outbreak. But many healthcare providers can contaminate results by either not knowing the right way to send specimens, or by not knowing the right test to request.
"Many times, a lot of medical staff would prefer to just take a swab and send it to the lab and let us do the work," said Michael Miller, director of Microbiology Technical Services, a technical consultation service for diagnostic microbiology laboratories based in Dunwoody, Ga. "And that's not how it's done."
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