M47: Principles and Procedures for Blood Cultures, 2nd Edition
CLSI requests nominations for volunteers to serve as members and contributors on a document development committee for a document revision.
CLSI document M47 will provide guidance to laboratories for the recovery of pathogens from blood specimens obtained from patients who are suspected of having bacteremia or fungemia. Specific recommendations for collecting, transporting, and processing blood cultures will be included. In addition, M47 will discuss the clinical significance of blood cultures, the critical factors that affect the recovery of pathogens from the blood, the best media formulations and laboratory practices, and the development of breakpoints. Existing blood culture technologies and the relative benefits of these technologies will also be discussed. Finally, M47 will cover special topics, including pediatric blood cultures, catheter-related bloodstream infections, infective endocarditis, patients who are receiving antimicrobial therapy, rare and fastidious pathogens, and the interpretation and reporting of blood culture test results.
This group is looking for volunteers with:
- Experience in and knowledge about the design and development of blood culture tests for clinical and industrial applications
- Experience in and knowledge about the validation and verification of blood culture tests for clinical and industrial applications
- Technical expertise in the culture and/or molecular detection of infectious diseases
- Experience in and knowledge about the interpretation and reporting of blood culture test results
Additional information on essential job duties and skills and abilities for CLSI committee participants can be viewed here.
Timeline for this project
Week of May 31 to June 5, 2018: First face-to-face meeting (NOTE: This will be a 2-day meeting scheduled during the June Committees Week in San Diego, California.)
June 2018 to May 2019: Drafting of document (higher-intensity volunteer time period)
August 2019 to October 2019: Voting period for draft document
November 2019 to March 2020: Revision of draft based on comments received during voting
December 2020: Expected publication date
Due date for submission of required documentation
Please submit nominations and required documentation (see Requirements for Nomination Consideration) on or before March 15, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.