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Diagnostic Stewardship in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

From the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting (June 29, 2020)
Presented by Nicholas Moore, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
Diagnostic stewardship confronts one of the biggest unspoken issues in healthcare: overutilization of services. Laboratory testing is one area where overutilization is common. The goals of this session are to describe methods and strategies that have been employed to improve diagnostic laboratory test utilization in a clinical microbiology laboratory.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define laboratory utilization and diagnostic stewardship.
  2. Review the importance of diagnostic stewardship in the clinical microbiology laboratory.
  3. Discuss different approaches to include in diagnostic stewardship programs.

CE ACCREDITATION
This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of Administration/Microbiology will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION
This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.