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Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 16;67(5):799-801. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy077.

Diagnostic Stewardship: Opportunity for a Laboratory-Infectious Diseases Partnership.

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1
Divisions of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
2
Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Microbiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Abstract

Recent advances in microbial diagnostics are providing clinicians with information about microbes causing infections and their resistance to antimicrobial agents more rapidly than ever before. Diagnostic stewardship refers to the appropriate use of laboratory testing to guide patient management, including treatment, in order to optimize clinical outcomes and limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Fulfilling the promise of diagnostic stewardship requires a seamless partnership between clinical laboratories, pharmacists, and infectious diseases clinicians, so that appropriate tests are ordered and diagnostic information is translated into appropriate management in real time.

PMID:
29547995
PMCID:
PMC6093996
[Available on 2019-08-16]
DOI:
10.1093/cid/ciy077

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