Participants in the Centre for Proficiency Testing program are encouraged to read the important changes announced in the Public Health Ontario (PHO) Labstract – October 2019 Reference Bacteriology and Antimicrobial Susceptibility: New Requisition and Testing Algorithm for Improved Test Utilization.
This PHO Labstract is for clinical laboratories that perform bacteriology culture and refer isolates to PHO Laboratory for identification and susceptibility testing.
PHO is committed to appropriate test utilization and improving patient safety through the appropriate use of antimicrobials. Consistent with the principles of antimicrobial stewardship and recommendations by the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH), the Infectious Diseases Society of America and others, PHO Laboratory is making changes in the area of bacterial identification and susceptibility testing which will take place effective October 1, 2019.
Furthermore, the PHO Reference Bacteriology Requisition form, which can be found at the end of the Labstract, has been updated to capture additional information necessary for us to determine the extent to which an isolate is worked up for identification and susceptibility testing to optimize utilization.
Effective October 1, 2019 you must use the updated form which is available from:
Visit the Public Health Ontario website to download the October 2019 Labstract — .
Reference Bacteriology and Antimicrobial Susceptibility: New Requisition and Testing Algorithm for Improved Test Utilization.
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