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Principles and Procedures for Detection of Anaerobes in Clinical Specimens, 1st Edition

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. 

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Chairholder: Maria D. Applemen, PhD

Date of Publication: July 30, 2014

Order Code PDF: CLSI M56AE
ISBN Number: 1-56238-970-X

Order Code Print: print not available

Edition: First

Pages: 152

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has evaluated and recognized this approved-level consensus standard for use in satisfying a regulatory requirement.

This document was formerly sold under the code M55.

CLSI M56 Abstract

Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute document M56-A—Principles and Procedures for Detection of Anaerobes in Clinical Specimens; Approved Guideline provides procedures for performing testing and providing accurate, reliable, and useful results to laboratories with differing levels of expertise in anaerobe bacteriology. Preexamination requirements for specimen selection, collection, transport, timely processing, and examination procedures are discussed. Rapid and complex methods are compared for their ability to provide definitive identifications. Because the delivery of preliminary reports is vital to patient care when complex final reports are delayed, interpretations of direct smears and culture results are presented to help laboratorians confidently issue preliminary reports. Descriptions of anaerobes involved in human disease and a discussion of diagnostic methods for Clostridium difficile disease are presented. Guidelines for establishing competency testing to laboratories at their various levels of expertise and complexity are included. Because failures in good practices for preexamination, examination, and postexamination techniques can put patients at risk, a discussion of risk assessment during the design and implementation of anaerobe bacteriology protocols is included.