CLSI Blog Articles

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Celebrate Lab Week 2018 With CLSI

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, or NMLW, under the backing of the American Society for Medical Technology, now the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). In the years that followed, other organizations, including CLSI, served as cosponsors and campaign supporters. There are now 18 laboratory medicine organizations responsible for coordinating Lab Week. Lab Week’s theme is “Laboratory Professionals Get Results.”

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Company Develops Accurate Dengue Outbreak Prediction Platform

Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemics (AIME), a startup company, has developed a new software that can accurately predict the spread of Dengue three months ahead of an outbreak. AIME claims that the platform, Dengue Outbreak Prediction, now has an average accuracy of 86.4 percent.

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Potential New Weapon in the Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

A forgotten antibiotic has shown promise in treating antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Octapeptin, an antimicrobial drug discovered several decades ago, may be the next weapon in the war against antimicrobial resistant superbugs. Matt Cooper, director of the University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Centre for Superbug Solutions, said “Octapeptins were discovered in the late 1970s but were not selected for development at the time, as there was an abundance of new antibiotics with thousands of people working in antibiotic research and development.”

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CLSI Partners with Dominican Republic to Provide HIV Testing Training

CLSI has been providing training in the Dominican Republic since 2016 for 11 HIV point-of-care-testing (POCT) sites as well as the National Reference Laboratory (National Public Health Laboratory Dr. Defilio). The scope of CLSI’s work in the Dominican Republic is focused on supporting the UNAIDS Initiative 90-90-90 program...

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How CLSI Got the QSEs

By Lucia M. Berte, MA, MT(ASCP)SBB, DLM, CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE, Laboratories Made Better! The “Quality System Essentials (QSEs)” have been part of CLSI’s lexicon since it was still NCCLS—and now for almost 20 years—but the phrase was not invented by this organization’s volunteers. In the mid-1990s, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started citing blood banks and transfusion services for violating the good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulation, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) began integrating these requirements into their Standards publications and accreditation assessments...

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