CLSI Blog Articles

Read the latest articles about CLSI and laboratory standards in the official CLSI Blog. Browse our most recent blog articles below.

US Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019

The week of November 18-24 marks the celebration of US Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW). USAAW is an annual observance that raises awareness about the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Antibiotic resistance occurs when microorganisms adapt so that they are no longer able to be treated with drugs that were once effective.

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World Standards Week

World Standards Week (WSW) will be celebrated November 4-8, 2019, in Washington, DC. A yearly gathering, in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) members and diverse private- and public-sector stakeholders from across the standards and conformity assessment communities will convene for topical discussions and special events.

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Healthcare Quality Week

Healthcare Quality Week (HQW) is celebrated October 20-26th this year and is sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). HQW is dedicated to celebrating the contributions professionals have made to improve healthcare quality. It’s also an opportunity to bring greater awareness to the profession of healthcare quality.

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Celebrating World Standards Day

October 14 is World Standards Day, which recognizes the role of various stakeholders across the standards community, including business leaders, industry, academia, and government.

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Is Your Lab Prepared?

September is National Preparedness Month, reminding us that it’s a great time to think about implementing a laboratory safety plan, or updating your lab’s current disaster plan. With the theme of “Prepared, Not Scared,” the US government has provided a free toolkit with useful items for reuse on social media platforms, including hashtags, graphics, videos, and other helpful related links.

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Case Study: Laboratories in Egypt Improve AST Reporting with CLSI’s M100

Dr. Mona El-Shokry, an Associate Professor from the faculty of medicine at Ain Shams University in Egypt, shared with us how a group of labs in Egypt, by implementing CLSI’s M100, was able to improve the quality of their antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) for the purpose of reporting microbial identification and antimicrobial susceptibility data to Egypt’s national surveillance system.

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Treatment of Newborns with Phenylketonuria

Phenylketonuria, also called PKU, is a rare inherited disorder that causes an amino acid called phenylalanine to build up in the body. PKU is caused by a defect in the gene that helps create the enzyme needed to break down phenylalanine.

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Practical Approach to Evaluating Requests to Test New Antimicrobials

Many new antimicrobials have recently come to market to address the rising threat of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. Clinical and public health laboratories are critical participants in the management of patients with MDR infections and must develop a plan for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of these new agents, either in-house or at a reference laboratory.

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