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CLSI Releases New Microbiology Standard for Detection of Anaerobes in Clinical Specimens

CLSI Releases New Microbiology Standard for Detection of Anaerobes in Clinical Specimens

Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA—August 2014—The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) released a new microbiology standard, Principles and Procedures for Detection of Anaerobes in Clinical Specimens; Approved Guideline (M56-A). This document presents standardized, cost-effective, and efficient best practice processes for anaerobe bacteriology to assist clinical laboratories in selecting those methods that lead to improved patient care.

“M56-A is an up-to-date manual for anaerobic bacteriology written to guide the novice microbiologist as well as those experienced with anaerobes,” notes Document Development Committee Chairholder, Maria D. Appleman, PhD, Professor of Clinical Pathology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA. “The document can be used as an introduction to anaerobes and their role in the human disease, as guidance for clinical laboratories in specimen processing and media selection with both easy and complex techniques for culture and isolate identifications, or as a learning tool for the new nomenclature used in the field.

M56-A provides guidance for preexamination, examination, and postexamination procedures associated with the culture of anaerobic bacteria. It includes methods for collecting proper specimens from appropriate clinical sites and for transport procedures that protect anaerobes from oxygen exposure so all pathogens involved in infections can be detected. The document contains color photographs of Gram stain reactions and colonial morphology, easy-to-follow identification tables, and in-depth explanations of new technology, and it discusses the clinical significance of taxonomic names.

The document contains recommendations for interpreting results, assistance in understanding the value of rapid preliminary results, and guidance on issues of quality control, quality assurance, and competency. M56-A is intended for use by medical technologists, infectious disease physicians, microbiology laboratory directors, pathologists, and researchers.

CLSI is a not-for-profit membership organization that brings together the varied perspectives and expertise of the worldwide laboratory community for the advancement of a common cause: to foster excellence in laboratory medicine by developing and implementing clinical laboratory standards and guidelines that help laboratories fulfill their responsibilities with efficiency, effectiveness, and global applicability. For additional information, visit the CLSI website at or call 610.688.0100.





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