The New Zealand Microbiology Network releases Position Statements concerning important issues in diagnostic microbiology.
This document describes why the NZMN supports the inclusion of brief but appropriate clincal details on request forms for microbiology samples submitted to diagnostic laboratories.
Laboratory screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is often performed routinely as part of a cervical smear examination. This position outlines the potential risks of such an approach, and how such testing should only be performed where clear risk factors are present.
Laboratory processing of vaginal swabs is generally of little value in patients who are asymptomatic, or where the clinical history is unknown. Such practice may give misleading results, which in turn leads to inappropriate treatment. This position statement outlines the details and potential exceptions around such a policy.
Communication guidelines for laboratories referring or receiving clinical specimens for diagnostic testing.