Microbiology resources

Microbiology resources

These resources are intended as a general reference tool for users of the laboratory. The intention is to promote best use of infectious disease diagnostic tests to optimise outcomes for patients and reduce low-value testing. This resource does not replace the Specimen Collection Guide, which focuses on the technical requirements of the tests; the focus here is to provide guidance as to the best tests to use depending on the clinical situation and to aid interpretation of test results.

These resources are designed to be applicable to the majority of situations, however they will not cover all situations, and do not supplant the need for clinical judgement. These serve as a guide only, and we always recommend discussion with the clinical microbiologist if there is ongoing uncertainty as to the best approach in a given situation.

We intend to grow this resource over time, and are always interested in feedback. Please let us know if there is a particular infectious condition or syndrome you would like to see added to the resource.

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Best use of common tests

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Antibiotic use and local susceptibility patterns