Evidence-Based Lab Medicine Guidelines

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A Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs) and Algorithms Including NAATs for the Diagnosis of Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile in Adults

This systematic review evaluates the diagnostic accuracy of laboratory testing algorithms that include nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) to detect the presence of C. difficile.
New bookmark: https://cmr.asm.org/content/32/3/e00032-18

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.
New bookmark: http://cmr.asm.org/content/29/1/59

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.
New bookmark: http://cmr.asm.org/content/29/1/105

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