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  • Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 4th Edition. Editor - Amy L. Leber, 2016.


In response to the ever-changing needs and responsibilities of the clinical microbiology field, this edition has been extensively reviewed and updated to present the most prominent procedures in use today. To accommodate the expanding role of clinical microbiologists, the new edition provides step by step protocols and descriptions that allow clinical microbiologists and laboratory staff personnel to confidently and accurately perform all analyses, including appropriate quality control recommendations, from the receipt of the specimen through processing, testing, interpretation, presentation of the final report and subsequent consultation. 


CLSI (formerly NCCLS): Principles and Procedures for Blood Cultures; Approved Guideline. CLSI document M47-A (ISBN 1-56238-641-7). Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 940 West Valley Road, Suite 1400, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087-1898 USA, 2007.

Abstract: CLSI document M47-A - Principles and Procedures for Blood Cultures; Approved Guideline addresses the laboratory detection of bacteremia and fungemia by use of blood cultures. Included in this guideline are recommendations for the: 1) clinical importance of blood cultures; 2) specimen collection and transportation; 3) critical factors in the recovery of pathogens from blood specimens; 4) special topics, including pediatric blood cultures, catheter-related bloodstream infections, infective endocarditis, patients receiving antimicrobial therapy, rare and fastidious pathogens, and test of cure; 5) reporting results; 6) interpreting blood culture results; 7) safety issues; and 8) quality assurance.






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