Evidence-Based Lab Medicine Guidelines

Effectiveness of Practices To Increase Timeliness of Providing Targeted Therapy for Inpatients with Bloodstream Infections: a Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
This review evaluates the evidence for the effectiveness of three rapid diagnostic practices in decreasing the time to targeted therapy for hospitalized patients with bloodstream infections.

Effectiveness of Preanalytic Practices on Contamination and Diagnostic Accuracy of Urine Cultures: a Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
This review identifies and evaluates preanalytic practices associated with urine specimens and assesses their impact on the accuracy of urine culture microbiology. Specific practices evaluated include collection methods for men, women, and children; preservation of urine samples in boric acid solutions; and the effect of refrigeration on stored urine.

Effectiveness of practices to reduce blood culture contamination: A Laboratory Medicine Best Practices systematic review and meta-analysis
This article is a systematic review of the effectiveness of three practices for reducing blood culture contamination rates: venipuncture, phlebotomy teams, and prepackaged preparation/collection (prep) kits.
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