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Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2010 Oct;28 Suppl 3:45-50. doi: 10.1016/S0213-005X(10)70019-7.

[How the new generations of microbiologists view the specialty].

[Article in Spanish]

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Hospital General Universitario, Elche, Alicante, España.


Despite their pivotal role in the Spanish healthcare system, clinical microbiology laboratories are experiencing difficult times and tough challenges. The following changes are required to adapt to the new situation: a) the use of molecular diagnostics to provide rapid diagnosis; b) the development of diagnostic capabilities to identify emerging or imported infectious diseases; c) the ability to advise on the interpretation of microbiological results; d) encouragement of the implantation of point-of-care testing and assessment of its performance and development; e) the implantation of quality control systems in the laboratory; f) the implementation of laboratory information systems to support real-time communication between hospital and community clinicians, public health laboratories and managers; g) the design of networking systems with professionals from other disciplines, and h) the promotion of training and teaching programs. Only if they are well prepared will clinical microbiology laboratories be able to implant the new technologies, be recognized as a cornerstone of the healthcare system, and achieve better recognition by society at large, hospital administrators and healthcare authorities.

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